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STRATEGIC CAPABILITIES FOR THE GROWTH OF MANUFACTURING SMEs: A CONFIGURATIONAL PERSPECTIVE

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  • LOUIS RAYMOND

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    (Institut de Recherche sur les PME, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, 3351, boul. des Forges, PO Box 500, Trois-Rivières QC, Canada G9A 5H7, Canada)

  • JOSÉE ST-PIERRE

    (Institut de Recherche sur les PME, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, 3351, boul. des Forges, PO Box 500, Trois-Rivières QC, Canada G9A 5H7, Canada)

  • BRUNO FABI

    (Institut de Recherche sur les PME, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, 3351, boul. des Forges, PO Box 500, Trois-Rivières QC, Canada G9A 5H7, Canada)

  • RICHARD LACOURSIÈRE

    (Institut de Recherche sur les PME, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, 3351, boul. des Forges, PO Box 500, Trois-Rivières QC, Canada G9A 5H7, Canada)

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    In a now global knowledge-based economy, the strategic intent of manufacturing SMEs is manifested by the development of strategic capabilities not only for product and market development, but also for the development of their network, technological and human resources. This paper presents the results of a survey study of the strategic capabilities of 292 manufacturing firms, that is, 213 Canadian and 79 French SMEs. Taking the firms' entrepreneurial and organizational context into account, three distinct configurations of strategic capabilities are identified, namely 57 entrepreneurial SMEs, 93 engineering SMEs and 142 administrative SMEs, the first configuration being the "ideal" one in terms of growth.

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    Article provided by World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd. in its journal Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship.

    Volume (Year): 15 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 02 ()
    Pages: 123-142

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    Handle: RePEc:wsi:jdexxx:v:15:y:2010:i:02:p:123-142

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    Keywords: Strategic intent; strategic capability; growth; manufacturing SME; strategic configuration; gestalt;

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