Growth of a small manufacturing enterprise and critical factors for success

Samson Tam, Wing Bun Lee, Walter W.C. Chung

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This paper explains how a new start-up company has evolved from an SME to become a global company. It analyses the growth strategy of the company over a nine year period. The company took several important decisions so as to be able to create new competencies. The evolution of the company is analysed and discussed in a period of six stages. A conceptual model for competency building is formulated and discussed. Such a model is applicable to other SMEs to repeat its growth path.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)444-455
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management
Issue number4-5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2001


  • Small manufacturing enterprise
  • strategy
  • total quality management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Strategy and Management
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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