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Entrepreneurial behaviour consequences on small and medium-sized firms’ innovation  [PDF]
Renata Antonie NI?U,Em?ke-Szidónia FEDER
Theoretical and Applied Economics , 2012,
Abstract: The European framework regarding innovation is dominated by the assumed objectives of the Lisbon Strategy and by its major reviewing demarches. In this perspective, the paper is based on a proposed model for the entrepreneurial process in Romania, depending on the economical development stage and the competitiveness level of the country, according to which there are set, on the one hand, the relationships between the conditions of the entrepreneurial framework and entrepreneurship, and, on the other hand, between entrepreneurship and innovation output in the cases of small and medium-sized enterprises.
Key Drivers to Developing Guanxi in China for Taiwanese Small to Medium Sized Firms  [cached]
Lan-Ying Huang,H. Young Baek,Soonhong Min
International Business Research , 2009, DOI: 10.5539/ibr.v3n1p136
Abstract: As Chinese economy has become one of the world’s economic powerhouse, research on guanxi, social or business ties in China, has been gaining ground in business research. The study is couched in the theoretical framework of social embeddedness in which the flows of information, resources, and opportunities occur across recognized members of a social network to create mutual benefits. This study empirically tests the major impetus for Taiwanese small to medium sized firms (SMEs) to utilize guanxi networks with business community, local governments, and the central government in China. The study results indicate the extent to which Tawanese firms utilize different types of guanxi differ by firm characteristics (i.e., resources, capabilities, and entry mode) and market factors (i.e., market stability and competition).
The Roles of Government Funding in Enhancing the Competitiveness of Small and Medium-sized Enterprise in Sabah, Malaysia  [cached]
Abdol Samad Nawi,Irwan Bin Ismail,Zainuddin Zakaria,Jannah Munirah Md Noor
Asian Social Science , 2012, DOI: 10.5539/ass.v8n15p24
Abstract: This study was conducted in order to determine the roles of government funding in enhancing Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in Sabah, Malaysia. Specifically, the study is focused on the Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in Sabah, Malaysia which were funded by many government-linked agencies such as Yayasan Tekun Nasional, Amanah Ikhtiar, Koperasi Pembangunan Desa and Agro Bank. This qualitative study was carried out in the rural and urban areas in Sabah, Malaysia. The findings of this study revealed that there are several main roles of government funding to enhance the competitiveness of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in Sabah, Malaysia. These four main roles were namely provision of access to capital for opening and improving the business, provision of access to capital for skills and knowledge development, improvement of entrepreneurs’ relations, and promoting entrepreneurship and reducing “fear of failure”. In accordance, it can be concluded that the government funds are instrumental in the success of the efforts to enhance the competitiveness level of the so-called Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in Sabah, Malaysia. Besides, it is highly recommended that state government and all parties (the stakeholders) should specifically implement efforts to fund the Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises as well as to improve their level of competitiveness.
The Role of Knowledge Management in Enhancing the Competitiveness of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs)  [cached]
Ali A. Alawneh,Amer Abuali,Tamara Y. Almarabeh
Communications of the IBIMA , 2009,
Abstract: Knowledge is one of the enterprise’s most important assets that influence its competitiveness. One way to capture an enterprise’s knowledge and make it available to all its members is through the use of knowledge management practices. This paper discusses the importance of knowledge management (KM) in Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and presents a framework to deal with knowledge management in order to enhance their competitiveness. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are known for too much implicit knowledge, limited resources, insufficiently shared between managers and other employees. So, in the context of SMEs, KM can be used to capture knowledge and experience generated during their operations, activities, and processes. This research paper addresses a new way of thinking about the role of KM in SMEs through developing a framework that combines five phases of the KM lifecycle (capture, creation, codification, communication, and capitalization). This framework is called “A Five C’s Knowledge Management Framework”. The application of this framework will improve the success rate and competitiveness of SMEs.
A predictive model of the export behaviour of small and medium sized firms: an application to the case of Castilla-La Mancha  [cached]
María Jesús Ruiz-Fuensanta
Cuadernos de Gestión , 2011,
Abstract: Based on an extensive theoretical review, the aim of this paper is to carry out a closer examination of the differences between exporters according to their commitment to the international market. Once the main disparities are identified by means of a non-parametric test, a logistic analysis based upon data collected from small and medium sized manufacturing firms is conducted in order to construct a classificatory model.
The Scalability of H. Igor Ansoff's Strategic Management Principles for Small and Medium Sized Firms  [cached]
Dan H Kipley,Alfred O Lewis
Journal of Management Research , 2008, DOI: 10.5296/jmr.v1i1.33
Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to examine the praxis of the multi-dimensional components of H. Igor Ansoff1s Strategic Management Systems and the efficacy of use of each of its components relative to the formulation and implementation of corporate level strategy in for-profit, not-for-profit, small and medium sized enterprises. Based on empirically validated research and industry supported journals, substantial evidence endorse both an implicit and explicit acknowledgement of its applicability and it1s value as a whole or in part providing increased financial performance for firms competing in turbulent environments. There is a notable variance within industry and academia concerning the asymmetry of costs incurred relative to the benefits achieved of the successful implementation of Ansoffian Strategy within Small and Medium sized enterprises. Although the principles and processes of scalability are still conceptually at an embryonic stage, this paper will illuminate those features of Ansoff’s Strategic Management Systems and conditions for optimal use. Finally, we will discuss Ansoff’s Strategic Success Paradigm and principles for use by Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, which when implemented have proven empirically to increase the firm’s probability of strategic success.
Aspects Regarding the Development and the Integration of the Corporate Social Responsibility Concept in Firms’ Behaviour. Particularities for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises
Georgeta Vintila,Maricica Moscalu
Theoretical and Applied Economics , 2009,
Abstract: Starting from the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), the purpose of this article is to highlight some of the particularities, at Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) level, regarding: socially responsible behaviour and participation in actions related to CSR; type of CSR strategies adopted by SMEs as compared to larger firms; the motivations, benefits and constraints of the social involvement. The ultimate question refers to the existence, nature and implications of a link between the firm size and the aspects mentioned above. These aspects will be presented according to the conclusions of the previous studies conducted in this area of research, the present paper representing therefore a theoretical synthesis of the existant literature.
Empirical Analysis on Factors of Enterprise Competitiveness: A Case Study for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in Northern Rural Areas of Vietnam
Huu Cuong Tran,Hung Anh Nguyen,Kim Loan Thi Chu
International Business and Management , 2011, DOI: 10.3968/j.ibm.1923842820110302.035
Abstract: This paper attempted to analyze the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises in northern rural areas of Vietnam under the globalization. By using “Resource Cost Ratio” (RCR coefficient), analysis was conducted at enterprise level to identify evidence of competitive advantages. In order to question which has the most influence on the enterprise’s competitiveness, the relationship between RCR and each contributed factor were quantified. The results of the study revealed no case of competitive enterprises in 2008. Enterprises from Hanoi were less competitive than those from other provinces. Service enterprises were more competitive than the others according to the business sector. In terms of legal form, the more competitive enterprises were the private, state-owned, and limited liability and the less were foreign-invested and joint-stock enterprises. The positive influence of sales of products, revenue losses, and cost of land rent and the negative influence of raw material and energy cost mostly caused the change of the RCR coefficient. The recommendations to enhance competitiveness were the government should abrogate unnecessary formalities in land hiring procedure and the enterprises should adopt advanced marketing practices and upgrade production facilities. Key words: Competitiveness; Resource cost ratio (RCR); Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
Innovative culture, management control systems and performance in small and medium-sized Spanish family firms
Duréndez,Antonio; Madrid-Guijarro,Antonia; García-Pérez-de-Lema,Domingo;
Innovar , 2011,
Abstract: the aim of this paper is to research on organizational culture and management of family firms. we identify family-firms innovative culture and assess the relationship between organizational culture, management control systems (mcs) use and their effects on performance of sme family-firms. with this purpose, we carry out an empirical analysis on a sample of spanish smes (285 family and 151 non-family firms). results show that (1) family-firms have a more hierarchical culture and a lesser extent of mcs use than non-family firms have, and (2) an innovative culture and the use of mcs have positive influences on family-firm performance.
Management and organization problems of small and medium sized enterprise’s: a research on textile firms in Denizli
Celalettin Serinkan,Hasan Cabar
International Journal of Human Sciences , 2008,
Abstract: Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SME) are important establishments for countries to evolve entrepreneurship, to refresh economy, to create employment, technological development and structural change. SME’s have to know and apply management and organization topics to continue their lifes in today’s circumstances. In today’s business environment that is intensified competition is lived, importance of investigating solution ways and taking necessary steps for management and organization problems which SME’s face is high for SME’s to survive and develop.At this investigation, it is aimed to search management and organization problems of textile enterprises which are considered as SME that is activating at Denizli Industrial Zone. For this, survey and interview method is used. By looking at investigation results; some suggestions are emphasized by gaining some findings about planning, harmonization, auditing, devolution of authority, decision making, organization related problems, institutionalization related problems, human resources related problems and education related problems that takes place in SME management and organization problems.
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