The competitiveness of internationalizing SME suppliers during and after COVID-19

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This chapter asks which strategies a European SME could adopt to become more competitive vis-à-vis non-European suppliers and thus increase its market share in Europe? Likewise, which strategies could be adopted to become as competitive as possible as a supplier outside Europe? Our illustrative cases demonstrate that COVID-19 crisis has not changed purchasing organizations' preferences dramatically. Reliable and stable supplies remain essential to customer demands, but their importance seems to have increased during COVID-19 pandemic. The literature review and the two illustrative case examples provided similar responses that increased supply chain digitalization and automation seem to be viable tools for European SME suppliers to increase competitiveness in regional as well as in distant markets.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSmall and medium sized enterprises and the COVID-19 response : Global Perspectives on Entrepreneurial Crisis Management
EditorsHamid Etemad
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Publication dateApr 2022
ISBN (Print)9781802205763
ISBN (Electronic)9781802205770
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2022

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