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Title: Classification of West Yorkshire manufacturing SMEs and their perceptions of success
Author: Miller, Martin Richard.
Awarding Body: University of Huddersfield
Current Institution: University of Huddersfield
Date of Award: 2005
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Ninety nine percent of British industry is made up from SMEs (Small to Medium sized Enterprises), therefore the success of the UK economy depends upon the success of the SME (DTI, 2003). But what do SMEs themselves define success as being? What do they aspire to and what help do they need to get there? A great deal of assistance is available to British SMEs from various sources though these tend to sell services rather than finding the most appropriate solution to the needs of the SME. This research suggests that to engage appropriately with the SME it is best to classify SMEs on their aspirations. Once the problems in SMEs were defined it became clear that they then needed a method to solve their difficulties. A set of generic pathways to success had to be produced that SMEs could follow that also linked in with what they aspired to. Results from this research are significant. Company aspirations and definitions of success have been clearly defined. A new classification system has been produced that has four distinct SME types with different but sometimes overlapping characteristics. Detailed pathways to success have been created for SMEs to follow. These were then validated by utilising ten real case studies that prove that if the 'Pathways to Success' are followed then SMEs can become more successful. This research has made significant contributions to the knowledge base relating to SMEs and their improvement. ii
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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