Enabling factors of adaptive capability in small and medium enterprises

Aylin Ates, M Assarlind, Catherine Maguire, Umit Bititci, Jillian MacBryde

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This paper aims to define organisational adaptability and explain the conditions and factors affecting SMEs’ (Small and Medium Enterprises) ability to adapt to the environment rather than fire fighting. The results are based on an ongoing R&D work as part of a European FP7 project called ‘FutureSME’. We identified that a combination of factors contributes to adaptability that encompasses interfaces between resilience, agile operations and strategy. This paper contributes to theory and practice by taking vastly diverse literature into a single framework to explain the organisational adaptability concept as demonstrating its use in understanding adaptive behaviour in manufacturing SMEs
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event18th International Annual EurOMA Conference - Cambridge, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 Jul 20116 Jul 2011


Conference18th International Annual EurOMA Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • adaptability
  • SME
  • organisational resilience


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