Special Issue "Competitiveness of SMEs"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 August 2020).
Interests: entrepreneurship; sustainable entrepreneurship; knowledge management; organizational sustainability
Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are considered the backbone of economic growth virtually in any country and across any region. They greatly contribute to the economic development by providing jobs, acting as suppliers of goods and services for various actors—large-sized enterprises (LSEs), public administration, or non-profits—and contribute significantly to GDP.
Most SMEs have simple systems and procedures, which allow flexibility, immediate feedback, short decision-making chains, or quicker responses to customer needs than larger organizations. In spite of these, they are under tremendous pressure to sustain their competitiveness in domestic as well as global markets. Owing to global competition, technological advances and changing needs of consumers, competitive paradigms are changing. These changes are forcing SMEs to focus simultaneously on product development, new management practices, implementation of new supply and demand approaches, new forms of innovation, new marketing tools and new approaches to manufacturing processes.
This Special Issue on “Competitiveness of SMEs” will fill an important gap in literature by exploring the avenues explored by SMEs to achieve competitiveness. In this sense, we encourage original submissions, as well as review articles, theoretical, and empirical contributions related to, but not limited to, the following themes:
- New sources for competitive advantages of SMEs
- Competitive priorities
- Leadership/top management support
- Organization culture
- Total quality management
- Development of alliances
- Innovative marketing approaches
- Supply chain management
- Clean production/TPM
- Innovation/knowledge management
Dr. Sebastian Ion Ceptureanu
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