Competitive Strategies for Small and Medium Enterprises

Increasing Crisis Resilience, Agility and Innovation in Turbulent Times

  • Klaus North
  • Gregorio Varvakis

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Klaus North, Gregorio Varvakis
    Pages 1-17
  3. Diego Jacob Kurtz, Gregorio Varvakis
    Pages 19-37
  4. Peter Friedrich, Jaqueline Rossato
    Pages 45-76
  5. Maurício Manhães, Guillermo Antonio Dávila
    Pages 77-92
  6. Ricardo Detarsio, Klaus North, Maialen Ormaetxea
    Pages 139-151
  7. Susanne Durst, Helio Aisenberg Ferenhof
    Pages 195-209
  8. Klaus North, Renia Babakhanlou
    Pages 211-222
  9. Klaus North, Manfred Bergstermann, Thomas Hardwig
    Pages 223-235
  10. Guillermo Antonio Dávila, Klaus North, Gregorio Varvakis
    Pages 241-254
  11. Ricardo J. Rabelo, Fabiano Baldo, Omir C. Alves-Junior, Christian Dihlmann
    Pages 255-272
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 273-281

About this book


This book is a timely guide for Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) researchers, policy makers and strategists. SMEs are the most important sources of job creation and local development especially in knowledge-based economies. As turbulence in the globalized economies expands SMEs will have to learn to sustain competitiveness by developing their ‘dynamic capabilities’. Based on the findings of a 4-year European and Latin American research project, this book provides a theoretical framework, practical instruments and cases on how SMEs in diverse economic, social and cultural contexts can develop crisis resilience, increase agility, innovate and thus successfully compete in turbulent times.


Agility Crisis resilience Dynamic capabilities Innovation Latin America SME

Editors and affiliations

  • Klaus North
    • 1
  • Gregorio Varvakis
    • 2
  1. 1.Wiesbaden Business SchoolRheinMain University of Applied SciencesDarmstadtGermany
  2. 2.Dept. of Engineering and Knowledge Mgmt.Universidade Federal de Santa CatarinaTrindade, Florianópolis - SCBrazil

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