Methodology for Strategic Posture Determination of SMEs
This paper presents the methodology for strategic posture determination of SMEs. The methodology itself that is explained in detail is based on the original work of A. Rowe and the research has been conducted on the sample of 179 companies from an emerging market of various sizes, ownership structures and industry sectors. A modified strategic analysis tool for defining company’s strategic posture (modified Strategic Position & Action Evaluation - SPACE analysis) presented in this paper investigates the basic dimensions of external environment and enterprise itself: environment stability (ES) and industry strength (IS), as well as competitive strength (CS) and financial strength (FS). Along with the presented mathematical modelling that determines resultant vector describing the strategic posture, the paper presents the mean scores of each variable from the questionnaire results that are calculated for every strategic posture. The results obtained contribute to the precise definition of the strategic position of companies and are useful for future works related to small and medium-sized firms' strategic posture evaluation.