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Enigma of successful new technology utilization by auto parts MSMEs in northern India

Jagdeep Singh (Department of Mechanical Engineering, I.K. Gurjal, Punjab Technical University, Karpurthala (Punjab), India)
Harpuneet Singh (Production Engineering, Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Punjab, India)

Journal of Science and Technology Policy Management

ISSN: 2053-4620

Article publication date: 9 March 2018

Issue publication date: 20 July 2021




The purpose of this study is to discover the elements that affect the new technology utilization by auto parts’ micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in northern India.


Based on the literature and professional reviews, 75 critical factors were identified on the basis of that affecting technology utilization in the auto parts-manufacturing MSMEs in Punjab. A survey was conducted in 113 auto parts industries (MSMEs) in Punjab. Descriptive statistics and factors analysis (principle component analysis) in SPSS software was used to examine the data.


After the analysis, 56 prominent factors were presented those are affecting the technology utilization in auto parts industry. After the study, 23 factors were identified, which explains the variance of 74.99 per cent of the total data. Most important factors for new technology utilization in MSMEs in Punjab are proper understanding of current operation and availability of professional consultant, problems with the compatibility of equipment and fear of layoffs, and the least important factors are volume flexibility and maintenance expenses.

Research limitations/implications

These results deliver valuable perceptions into the awareness of by what means technology utilization has taken place in MSMEs.

Practical implications

The present work delivers beneficial strategies to MSMEs facing ups and downs because of their industry atmosphere.


This research adds to the literature on technology utilization and aids MSMEs in improving themselves for the excursion ahead.



This paper forms part of a special section “Research Advances on Sustainability from an Interdisciplinary Approach: Leading Trends in Asia, Europe and Gulf Region”, guest edited by Patricia Ordóñez de Pablos.

Author is highly grateful to I.K Gujral, Punjab Technical University, Kapurthala (Punjab), India, for providing him the opportunity to carry out this research work. Author expresses his sincere gratitude to research guide Dr Harpuneet Singh (Assistant Professor, Department of Production Engineering), GNDEC Ludhiana (Punjab), India, for his compete guidance, valuable suggestions, constant motivation and untiring efforts throughout the period of this research work. Last but not the least, the author expresses his sincere thanks to auto parts’ MSMEs in Punjab for giving their valuable time and correct information so that the research will be done in a virtuous way.


Singh, J. and Singh, H. (2021), "Enigma of successful new technology utilization by auto parts MSMEs in northern India", Journal of Science and Technology Policy Management, Vol. 12 No. 3, pp. 491-504.



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