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Best practices and competitive factors in the Mexican micro, small, and medium enterprises

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  • María Luisa Saavedra García

    () (Investigadora de tiempo completo de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Facultad de Contaduría y Administración. Circuito exterior s/n, Ciudad Universitaria, Del. Coyoacán, México, D.F., C.P. 04510.)

  • Blanca Tapia Sánchez

    () (Docente de tiempo completo de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Facultad de Contaduría y Administración. Circuito exterior s/n, Ciudad Universitaria, Del. Coyoacán, México, D.F., C.P. 04510.)

Abstract

The aim of this study was to determine up to what extent the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the Mexican industry apply the best practices in their production processes and management; likewise, it seeks to know how the entrepreneur perceives the success factors that affect their competitiveness. A direct structured questionnaire was applied to a sample of 394 companies. Results allowed determining that the application of best practices in this emerging business sector is negligible and this might be affecting them in terms of competitiveness. It was also found that entrepreneurs are not aware of the success factors that affect their business, since they have a short term vision that impedes them plan the future.

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  • María Luisa Saavedra García & Blanca Tapia Sánchez, 2011. "Best practices and competitive factors in the Mexican micro, small, and medium enterprises," Economía, Instituto de Investigaciones Económicas y Sociales (IIES). Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Sociales. Universidad de Los Andes. Mérida, Venezuela, vol. 36(32), pages 11-36, July-Dece.
  • Handle: RePEc:ula:econom:v:36:y:2011:i:32:p:11-36
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    1. Alfredo Beltrán Amador & Angélica Burbano, 2002. "Modelo de benchmarking de la cadena de abastecimiento para Pymes manufactureras," ESTUDIOS GERENCIALES, UNIVERSIDAD ICESI.
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    Keywords

    Industry; best practices; success factors.;

    JEL classification:

    • D2 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations
    • M11 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Production Management
    • L60 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing - - - General

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