Is partnership between firms is the way to success? How firms may exchange their knowlage?

Author: Graham Wynne
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Partnership has often been important for people. We live together at different stages in a single community. One doing food, waiting for the another order, and next one cared about cleanliness. As a effect, the all world could be truly quickly and efficiently develop. How does it present for bussiness?