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Title: Competence understanding and use in SMEs: a UK manufacturing perspective
Authors: Bhamra, Ran S.
Dani, Samir
Bhamra, T.A.
Keywords: Core competence
Sustainable competitive advantage
Resource-based view
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: © Taylor & Francis
Citation: BHAMRA, R.S., DANI, S. and BHAMRA, T.A., 2011. International Journal of Production Research, 49 (10), pp. 2729 - 2743.
Abstract: The paper seeks to address the neglected area of competency research that is the understanding and application of core competency concepts within small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). There is little doubt that SME manufacturing organisations can possess core competencies, however it appears from the literature that this issue has not yet been adequately addressed nor is there a clarification with regards to the nature of these competencies. This paper presents the results of an exploratory research study conducted with UK SMEs. The organisations involved were diverse and included a medical products manufacturer, automotive supplier, large metal fabrication and electromechanical capital equipment integrator. This research provides an insight into how competency concepts are perceived and understood amongst SME manufacturing firms and also whether these organisations use competence concepts. The research findings are important for both practitioners and academics, indicating an apparent lack of connectedness between research into competence and its ‘real world’ understanding and practical use within manufacturing SMEs.
Description: This article was published in the serial, International Journal of Production Research [© Taylor & Francis] and the definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00207541003738873
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1080/00207541003738873
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/13110
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00207541003738873
ISSN: 0020-7543
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