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Title of Thesis

Determinants Of Quality Diffusion In Smes In Upstream Supply Chains For Future Competitiveness

Author(s)

Nadeem Ishaq Kureshi

Institute/University/Department Details
Department Of Engineering Management, Centre For Advanced Studies In Engineering / University Of Engineering And Technology, Taxila
Session
2009
Subject
Engineering Management
Number of Pages
288
Keywords (Extracted from title, table of contents and abstract of thesis)
Business, Competitiveness, Networks, Determinants, Management, Practices, Chains, Triangulations, Limitations, Excep, Dismal, Growth

Abstract
SMEs occupy an important place in economic growth and equitable development in all countries. Constituting as high as 99% of enterprises, SMEs contribute to the growth of the national economy through employment creation, investments and exports.While SMEs provide more than 80% of industrial jobs in Pakistan, man- ufacturing SMEs have shown an dismal growth pro le.The manufacturing sector, except the textiles, that has not performed well in exports since the 1960s, is now being challenged in the home markets as well.
While SMEs are considered inherently resource constrained around the world, thus unable to invest in business development initiatives, the SMEs in Pakistan present an extreme case where an average SME has 1300% less turnover compared to an average EU SME, thus is much weaker. With widely known and accepted infrastruc- tural and policy limitations which inhibit SMEs in Pakistan from growing to their full potential, Di usion of Innovations (DOI) has tremendous potential to o er al- ternate solutions for SME growth. If integrated successfully in the upstream supply chains of larger businesses, SMEs can improve their quality and quality management practices through e ective supplier development by larger businesses. Such supplier development is of course a win-for-all solution, since in today's business environ- ment of focusing on core competencies, only well performing suppliers can ensure that the large businesses perform well.
This thesis attempts to demystify the supply chain networks in a high context econ- omy like Pakistan, using the strengths of these networks to accelerate the positive di usion of quality management practices. It attempts to develop the understand- ing of Pakistan's business culture along-with examining the current health of quality management and supplier development activities in Pakistan through empirical re- search. All results have been consolidated through triangulations employing case studies, structured interviews and surveys. Based on this knowledge, the thesis in- vestigates the determinants of the di usion of practices from buyers to suppliers. Developing the knowledge of these determinants can form a basis of manufacturing sector SMEs development in Pakistan by exploiting the strengths of Pakistan's so- cial and business culture. Based on the results, the thesis o ers a consolidated set of recommendations, which if employed could potentially bring about the revitalization of the manufacturing sector of Pakistan.

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INTRODUCTION


1.1 Preamble
1.2 Role of SMEs
1.3 Rationale for Research
1.4 Signi cance of the Study
1.5 Research Objectives
1.6 Research Problems and Hypotheses
1.7 Organization of the Thesis

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3 2 LITERATURE RIVEW


2.1 Introduction
2.2 SMEs in Pakistan
2.3 Quality Management in Pakistan
2.4 SMEs Value in Supply Chains
2.5 Di usion of Innovations (DOI)
2.6 Public Policies concerning SMEs in Pakistan and Di usion
2.7 SMEs and LMEs Interdependence
2.8 Summary

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4 3 QUALITY MANAGEMENT IN PAKISTAN

3.1 Introduction
3.2 Research Design
3.3 Questionnaire Administration
3.4 Results and Analysis
3.5 Summary
3.6 Discussion, Limitation and Future Research
3.7 Summary

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5 4 SUPPLIER DEVELOPMENT IN MANUFACTURING SECTOR

4.1 Introduction
4.2 Supplier Development in SCM Context
4.3 Need for Supplier Development in Pakistan
4.4 Contemporary Supplier Development Practices
4.5 Discussion
4.6 Summary

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6 5 SUPPLY CHAIN INTEGRATION - THE LOGIC AND NEED IN PAKISTANI SMES

5.1 Introduction
5.2 The Costs and Bene ts of Integration
5.3 Discussion
5.4 Supply Chain Integration Software
5.5 Measuring Supply Chain Performance
5.6 Summary

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7 6 DETERMINANTS OF DI USION IN BUSINESSES

6.1 Introduction
6.2 DOI Modeling
6.3 Analytical Framework
6.4 The Constructs for Specifying Di usion Determinants
6.5 Finalizing the Channels
6.6 Justi cation for Inclusions and Exclusions
6.7 Summary

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8 7 RESEARCH PROCESS AND RESULTS

7.1 Introduction
7.2 The Research Process
7.3 Results
7.4 Results and Analyses - Cases & Interviews
7.5 Results and Analyses - Survey - Buyers
7.6 Results and Analyses - Survey - Suppliers
7.7 Correlations and Dependencies
7.8 Summary

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9 8 DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION

8.1 Introduction
8.2 Discussion
8.3 Original Contribution
8.4 Policy Implications
8.5 Recommendations
8.6 Future Research
8.7 Summary

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10 9 BIBLIOGRAPHY AND APPENDIX

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