SME Competitive Strategy and Location Behavior: An Exploratory Study of High-Technology Manufacturing

20 Pages Posted: 31 Mar 2008

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Craig S. Galbraith

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Carlos L. Rodriguez

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Alex F. DeNoble

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Abstract

Forty-four Scottish small and medium-sized high-technology manufacturing firms were surveyed regarding their technology strategies and the impact of regional- and site-specific infrastructure requirements on their location behavior. An empirically derived typology of technology content for high-technology firms was developed via cluster analysis and utilized, together with selected technology and manufacturing strategy variables, to investigate whether significant linkages existed between these variables and firms' related location decisions. Results suggest that location decisions are directly correlated to a firm's competitive strategy and that they should actually be considered a dynamic dimension of strategy rather than a static one-time choice.

Suggested Citation

Galbraith, Craig S. and Rodriguez, Carlos L. and DeNoble, Alex F., SME Competitive Strategy and Location Behavior: An Exploratory Study of High-Technology Manufacturing. Journal of Small Business Management, Vol. 46, Issue 2, pp. 183-202, April 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1113930 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1540-627X.2008.00239.x

Craig S. Galbraith (Contact Author)

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Carlos L. Rodriguez

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Alex F. DeNoble

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