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Environmental turbulence and the role of business functions in the manufacturing strategy debate: the case of UK-based SMEs and the Great Recession

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The paper is based on empirical data from the UK manufacturing SMEs (small medium enterprises) sector aiming to explore the impact of the environmental turbulence in the post-Great Recession (2008) era. The study offers an insight into the frequency of manufacturing strategy review and how the differing business functions play a greater role in maintaining competitive advantage in the post-Great Recession business environment. A mixed-methods research approach is applied, incorporating a survey of 104 UK-based manufacturing SMEs supported by 17 in-depth interviews of senior managers. The findings show that in the post-Great Recession environment the majority of manufacturing SMEs employ an on-going approach to manufacturing strategy review with an increasing contribution from their marketing, sales and finance business functions. The value of the study is its empirical contribution to past research by Smallbone on the behaviour of SMEs within a turbulent business environment.

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Author(s): Sainidis E, Robson A, Heron G

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of General Management

Year: 2019

Volume: 44

Issue: 4

Pages: 190-208

Print publication date: 01/07/2019

Online publication date: 25/06/2019

Acceptance date: 02/04/2019

ISSN (print): 0306-3070

ISSN (electronic): 1759-6106

Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.


DOI: 10.1177/0306307019832498


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