Factors that Disrupt Cooperation in Local Productive Arrangements: a Quantitative Study in the Clothing Sector in Tobias Barreto, Sergipe
Due to the competitive environment faced by micro and small enterprises (MSEs) and the limitations caused by their size, these firms often seek solutions through new forms of organization, such as local productive arrangements (LPAs). Most articles on LPAs focus on the factors motivating the creation of these arrangements, while only a few analyze the factors that hinder cooperation in this type of network. The objective of this article is to identify the factors that can lead to disarticulation among the participants in the LPA formed by small clothing manufacturers in the city of Tobias Barreto, Sergipe. The study is quantitative in nature, based on the responses to 224 questionnaires answered by representatives of companies listed in the public record as participating in this LPA. We applied the Mann-Whitney test to analyze the hypotheses and univariate logistic regression to shed light on what factors have this influence. The results of the survey show that the number of participants, the lack of trust among them and the appearance of opportunistic behavior are the factors that contribute to disarticulation among the actors in local productive arrangements.