Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Title: A taxonomy of operations strategies of high performing small and medium enterprises in Singapore
Authors: Sum, C.-C. 
Kow, L.S.-J.
Chen, C.-S.
Keywords: Empirical study
Medium enterprises
Operations strategy
Small enterprises
Issue Date: 2004
Citation: Sum, C.-C., Kow, L.S.-J., Chen, C.-S. (2004). A taxonomy of operations strategies of high performing small and medium enterprises in Singapore. International Journal of Operations and Production Management 24 (3-4) : 321-345. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are recognized as playing a pivotal role in the economic growth and technological progress of many countries, yet there is a dearth of research that examines the operational performance and strategies of these smaller enterprises, especially in the Asian context. Of particular interest is the operational posture in terms of the key operations priorities adopted by successful SMEs in carving out their own competitive niches. This study is the first to develop a taxonomy of operations strategies based on the operational performance of high performing SMEs in Singapore. As Singapore is one of the most competitive countries in the world and a highly successful newly industrializing nation in Asia, the use of Singapore data provides benchmarking and best practice information for international business communities and newly industrializing countries. Three strategic clusters were identified. Analysis showed significant differences in the operational posture, financial performance and the kinds of improvement programs undertaken by the three strategic clusters. The strategic role of operations in terms of its contribution to corporate strategic formulation and financial profitability was also investigated. Managerial implications of our findings are presented.
Source Title: International Journal of Operations and Production Management
ISSN: 01443577
DOI: 10.1108/01443570410519051
Appears in Collections:Staff Publications

Show full item record
Files in This Item:
There are no files associated with this item.


checked on Jan 16, 2019


checked on Jan 16, 2019

Page view(s)

checked on Dec 29, 2018

Google ScholarTM



Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.