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Linkages between attributes of SME:s and manufacturing performance measures
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Production Economics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering.
2018 (English)In: Preprints of 20th International Working Seminar on Production Economics / [ed] Grubbström, Hinterhuber and Lundquist, Linköping, 2018, Vol. 3, p. 285-296Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In the strategic planning of manufacturing, companies should assess their competitive advantage with the means of performance measures (PMs) and achieve a consistency with the decision making. The literature on PMs shows that there are mainly two views of PM development. The first view is the PM diversity view which highlights the importance of using a wide set of PMs. The other view is PM alignment, which advocates the alignment between PMs and manufacturing strategy. Although the rich literature on PMs, research on PMs in Small- and Medium sized enterprises (SMEs) is limited but shows that the use of PMs in SMEs is typically financially focused, informal, and unstructured. The use of this approach in SMEs is likely to hinder the achievement of strategic objectives. This paper contributes to the research of PMs in manufacturing SMEs by analysing the relationships between the use of PMs and certain attributes of the SME. The used approach is multiple case study for exploring linkages between PM diversity and alignment with the manufacturing strategy and firm context. The data collection of each SME includes several strategic manufacturing attributes such as type of production system, manufacturing capabilities, and no. of PMs and specific measurements. The findings indicate a strong relationship between PM diversity and firm turnover, whereas the relationship seems weak between PM diversity and manufacturing capability. Furthermore, the relationship between PM alignment and competitive priorities indicate no alignment for SMEs, whereas the alignment between production system and competitive priorities seems to be stronger.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping, 2018. Vol. 3, p. 285-296
Keywords [en]
Manufacturing industry, multiple case study, manufacturing strategy formulation, KPI
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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-153268OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-153268DiVA, id: diva2:1269005
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20th Working Seminar on Production Economics, Innsbruck, Austria, February 19-23, 2018
Available from: 2018-12-07 Created: 2018-12-07 Last updated: 2018-12-13Bibliographically approved

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