Chapter 8 An Investigation on Environmental Scanning and Growth Strategy in High-Tech Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises

New Technology-Based Firms in the New Millennium

ISBN: 978-1-78052-118-3, eISBN: 978-1-78052-119-0

ISSN: 1876-0228

Publication date: 4 January 2012


The idea that environmental scanning can be a key factor in sustained competitive advantage calls for the integration of business strategy and the environment. Not surprisingly, environmental scanning is widely viewed as the first step in the process that links strategy and the environment. The main debate over the roles of strategy and environment is nowadays concerned with the primary importance of environmental scanning to strategy formulation and implementation. More specially, effective scanning of the environment is seen as necessary to the successful alignment of competitive strategies with environmental requirements and the achievement of outstanding performance in small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). This chapter explores the above relationship in the British electronic manufacturing industry. It is based on the empirical evidence and the findings of a survey of 132 Chief Executive Officers’ (CEO) views on environmental scanning and strategy in SMEs. It is concluded that there is a significant relationship between increasing the environmental scanning of the firm, and the success of small- and medium-sized manufacturing firms in electronic industry. Accordingly, because of the dynamic nature of the electronics industry, obtaining information on environmental factors facilitates alignment between business strategy and its environment.


Karami, A. (2012), "Chapter 8 An Investigation on Environmental Scanning and Growth Strategy in High-Tech Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises", Groen, A., Oakey, R., Van Der Sijde, P. and Cook, G. (Ed.) New Technology-Based Firms in the New Millennium (New Technology Based Firms in the New Millennium, Vol. 9), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 99-108.

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