The Synergistic Effects of Strategic Flexibility and Technological Resources on Performance of SMEs

Supara Kapasuwan, Jerman Rose, Chiung Hui Tseng

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Abstract

Building upon the resource-based view of the firm, this study presents an empirical test of the impact of strategic flexibility and technological resources on the performance of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). A survey of small- and medium-sized manufacturing firms in the fabricated metal products sector found that synergy between strategic flexibility and technological resources had a positive and significant effect upon firm performance measured either by owners’ perception of overall performance or sales volume. The results indicated that SMEs should not only “have” technological resources but also be capable of using them to generate strategic options that help the firms maintain their competitiveness in the long run. At the same time, SMEs that possess strategic flexibility cannot fully recognize and maintain real options in positioning or repositioning itself in the markets without the use of complementary technological resources to create new innovations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)257-272
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Volume20
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Jun 1

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Strategic flexibility
Small and medium-sized enterprises
Resources
Manufacturing firms
Resource-based view of the firm
Competitiveness
Synergy
Real options
Positioning
Innovation
Firm performance
Metals
Owners
Strategic options
Empirical test

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business and International Management
  • Strategy and Management

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In: Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Vol. 20, No. 3, 01.06.2007, p. 257-272.

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