A Quick-Scan Audit of the ‘socio-technical’ system in a leather accessories manufacturing SME

Anita Kumar

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: Leather fashion and footwear industry contributes significantly to the Indian economy through employment generation and earning foreign exchange. Both public and private sectors have increasingly emphasised on the planned development of this industry and encourage more SME involvement and participation. However, recent studies indicate that Indian leather manufacturing SMEs are, often, unable to compete effectively and efficiently on a global platform due to certain inherent and external constraints. This paper adopts a case research methodology with 'quick-scan' audit tool to review the socio-technical system of a leather export SME. It draws attention to the inefficiencies in the production system and highlights the human resource 'gaps' faced by the company. The two-fold findings of the case investigation point to a need to develop 'social' competencies not only in an individual organisation but also at the sectorial level. The selected case has been used as a fundamental prism through which current labour regulations and standards prevailing in the country need to be examined and possibly reformed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)386-406
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal of Indian Culture and Business Management
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • leather accessories
  • leather manufacturing
  • case study
  • quick-scan audit tools
  • socio-technical systems
  • STS
  • auditing
  • manufacturing SMEs
  • exporting SMEs,
  • small and medium-sized enterprises
  • social competencies
  • labour regulations
  • labour standards
  • India


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