Emergent and deliberate entrepreneurial strategies in SMEs

Judy H. Matthews, Roxanne Zolin, Sukanlaya Sawang

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Entrepreneurial strategies in large firms have been analysed in terms of antecedent conditions, elements and outcomes (Ireland, Covin Kuratko, 2009), but to date less attention has been given to the strategies used by small and medium enterprises to remain competitive. The purpose of this paper is to increase our knowledge and understanding of the types of strategies and activities that existing small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are using to generate new economic activity to ensure the success of their business. This paper explores findings from a qualitative study of SMEs and identifies entrepreneurial management (Stevenson Jarillo 1995) in different forms in different sized firms. Findings indicate that small and medium sized enterprises seeking to remain competitive, engage in proactive entrepreneurial strategies that develop and exploit capabilities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAustralia Centre for Entrepreneurship Research Exchange (ACERE) Conference 2013
Subtitle of host publicationConference proceedings
EditorsPer Davidsson
PublisherAustralian Centre for Entrepreneurship
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)978-1-921897-55-9
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event2013 Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research Exchange - Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 6 Feb 20138 Feb 2013


Conference2013 Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research Exchange
Abbreviated titleACERE 2013
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  • Entrepreneurial Strategy
  • Qualitative
  • SMEs
  • Performance


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