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Recommended Citation: Sabbaghi, A and G Vaidyanathan.  Small to Medium Size Enterprises and Supply Chain Strategies.  In The Proceedings of the Information Systems Education Conference 2005, v 22 (Columbus OH): §4124. ISSN: 1542-7382.
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Small to Medium Size Enterprises and Supply Chain Strategies

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Refereed9 pages
Asghar Sabbaghi    [a1] [a2]
School of Business and Economics
Indiana University South Bend    [u1] [u2]
South Bend, Indiana, USA    [c1] [c2]

Ganesh Vaidyanathan    [a1] [a2]
School of Business and Economics
Indiana University South Bend    [u1] [u2]
South Bend, Indiana, USA    [c1] [c2]

The purpose of this study is to develop a conceptual framework to analyze the supply chain management (SCM) strategies by small to medium size enterprises (SME) using Porterís competitive advantage model and to articulate a decision model for these companies. In order to better understand the challenges faced by SME in their quest for competitive advantage in the supply chain, it is critically important to understand their characteristics. Using this conceptual framework, we explore the global competition for SME to formulate supply chain strategies. The study will also examine the type of partnership and integration strategies for SME to improve their strategic positions within the supply chain and add value to the entire supply chain network.

Keywords: supply chain management, SCM, small and medium enterprises, SME, framework, strategy, global competition

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