Title

How do Chinese SMEs make their strategic decisions?

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Faculty

Faculty of Business and Law

School

School of Management

RAS ID

5072

Comments

Huang, X., & Bin, D. (2006). How do Chinese SMEs make their strategic decisions?. Proceedings of the 8th Westlake International Conference on Small and Medium Sized Businesses.

Abstract

This paper investigated the strategic decision-making process (SDMP) in 20 Chinese small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It interviewed 30 owners/managers from 20 SMEs located in the City of Anshan and nearby areas. We have found that the SDMP in the Chinese SMEs are less complex. Chinese SME owners/managers rely heavily on their external networks for identifying ideas and searching information, that the level of participation in the SDMP in the privately-owned SMEs is low, and that very few quantitative techniques are used by SMEs owners/managers in the SDMP. Implications are also proposed for policy-makers, managers, and SME researchers.

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