Strategic Research and Performance of SMEs'


  • Theo J. B. M. Postma University of Groningen
  • Peter S. Zwart University of Groningen


The aim of this article is to outline a rich/holistic conceptual framework  with regard to strategy and performance in SMEs. The conceptual research model consists of the following building blocks; the internal environment and distinctive competencies,  the external environment and critical success factors, the sustainable competitive advantages and the strategic conditions, and the owner/manager. The mutual relationships  of  these  building blocks and their relationship with performance  are discussed   In this w. we expect to obtain a better (theoretical and practical)  insight in the strategic behavior of SMEs.


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Postma, T. J. B. M., & Zwart, P. S. (2001). Strategic Research and Performance of SMEs’. Journal of Small Business Strategy (archive Only), 12(2), 52–64. Retrieved from