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Mobilizing Resources and Generating Competences

Peter Karnøe, Peer Hull Kristensen og Poul Houman Andersen

Copenhagen Business School Press Handelshøjskolens Forlag 1999. 362 sider. ISBN 87-16-13466-4

The Remarkable Success of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in the Danish Business System
In the 1990s, most of the professional debate on industrial policy and industrial competitiveness focused on the role of large companies, high-tech firms and basic technological innovations. This book aims at counterbalancing that perspective by emphasizing the role of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Danish business system.
A new business systems framework is offered to highlight major institutional differences between the American, Japanese, German and other business systems. In particular, the book explores the distinctive properties of the Danish business system enabling SMEs to be economically and technologically viable.
Seven case studies are presented, utilizing the new business systems framework. They cover a cross-section of industries and technologies, such as furniture, biotechnology, wind turbine technology, electrical equipment, pumps and valves.
The book is ideal for those interested in how to cope with the transformation of industrial organizing, and is also well-suited for students who are interested in industrial, business and organizational development.