Advanced Manufacturing Technology Adoption In SMEs: An Integrative Model

Mirmahdi Darbanhosseiniamirkhiz, Wan Khairuzzaman Wan Ismail

Abstract


The objective of this study is to assess the critical factors which influence adoption of  Advanced Manufacturing Technologies (AMTs) and identify hurdles and barriers which prevent small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from accomplishing the desired goals of AMTs utilization. The proposed framework has synthesized previous studies and integrated related studies through conducting a comprehensive literature review. This paper is a theoretical construction that synthesizes previous studies, and centers on three context (Environmental, Organizational, and Technological) which influence  adoption of AMTs. This model can provide managers with practical solutions through granting in-depth understanding of whole internal, external, and technological environments, and awarding empirical insight into overcoming barriers to the adoption and implementation of AMT and other process innovations in manufacturing organizations.


Keywords


Advanced manufacturing technologies; small- and medium-sized enterprises; Integrative Model; Manufacturing strategy

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