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Competitiveness of Small and Medium Businesses and Competitive Pressure in the Manufacturing Industry

Alexander Kalita () and Alexander Chepurenko ()
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Alexander Kalita: National Research University Higher School of Economics (Russia)
Alexander Chepurenko: National Research University Higher School of Economics (Russia)

Foresight and STI Governance (Foresight-Russia till No. 3/2015), 2020, vol. 14, issue 2, 36-50

Abstract: In the paper, there is the relationship between internal competitiveness factors and the perception of Russian SMEs’ level of competitiveness pressures examined, based on a secondary analysis of the RuFIGE (Russian Enterprises in global economy) survey data obtained in 2014 by 1,677 Russian industrial small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It comes out that neither the high technological level, nor the introduction of the CRM system, nor the availability of external financing are sufficient for Russian manufacturing SMEs to feel competitive on the global market. From the other side, those manufacturing SMEs whose main competitors are domestic enterprises, do count neither the technological level nor the presence of a CRM system to be necessary factors of competitiveness. Further, there are different «weight categories» among Russian manufacturing SMEs. SME owners, who work only in local markets, are immune to competition from large foreign companies and consider Russian firms similar to their own as main competitors. Those who work on the whole Russian market feel a high competitive pressure from foreign manufacturers.

Keywords: firm competitiveness; competitive pressures; small and medium-sized enterprises; manufacturing; RuFIGE (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O14 O23 O31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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