Leadership style, organization culture and manufacturing strategy formulation - Empirical evidence from Swedish SMEs
Paper in proceeding, 2013

This paper presents findings from an empirical study of manufacturing strategy formulation processes in three SMEs. The study investigated the relationship between manufacturing strategy formulation, leadership style, and organisation culture. The three companies had different formulation processes. One tentative explanation for this is due to leadership style and the personalised management that characterises SMEs. The investigation indicates that the two of the companies that had a power culture were more mature considering strategic work, and acted on more competitively exposed markets than the company with a support culture.

manufacturing strategy

small and medium sized enterprises


organization culture

leadership style


Malin E S Löfving

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Supply and Operations Management

Kristina Säfsten

School of engineering Jönköping university

Mats Winroth

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Supply and Operations Management

Proceedings of 22nd International Conference on Production Research, CPR 2013, Parana, Brazil, 28 July - 1 August 2013

978-85-88478-47-3 (ISBN)

Subject Categories

Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

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