Enabling factors of adaptive capability in small and medium enterprises
Paper in proceedings, 2011

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.



Organisational resilience


Aylin Ates

Marcus Assarlind

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Quality Sciences

Catherine Maguire

Umit Bititci

Jill MacBryde

18th EurOMA Conference, 3‐6 July 2011, Cambridge UK

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Other Mechanical Engineering

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Innovation and entrepreneurship

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