|dc.description.abstract||Enterprises view the impact of inter-enterprise relations* on their competitiveness very favourably: around two thirds of them expect their competitiveness to increase over the next three years thanks to these relations. ‚ The larger the enterprise, the more likely it is to have long-term relations. ‚ Long-term relations are more likely in fuel processing and certain professional services, and less likely in hotels and restaurants and the distributive trades. ‚ ‘Increased flexibility’ is the reason most often favoured for engaging in relations with other enterprises. ‚ Outsourcing to or for others, followed by short-term relations are the most popular types of inter-enterprise relation.