Additive manufacturing in SMEs: a viable path to growth and competitiveness?

Marzi, Giacomo and Zollo, Lamberto and Boccardi, Andrea and Ciappei, Cristiano (2016) Additive manufacturing in SMEs: a viable path to growth and competitiveness? In: Euram Conference 2016, 1 - 4 June 2016, Paris.

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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to analyze Additive Manufacturing (AM) in SMEs to investigate its effects
on competitiveness and performance. Thanks to the analysis of an Italian gold jewelry
district’s firms, the paper examines the effects related to AM on firms
highlighting empirical evidences suitable for other industry contexts. Thanks to latent
content analysis, six conceptual themes have emerged concerning the main effects of AM.
Such categories are process innovation, customer satisfaction, costs, revenues, profits,
and sustainable competitive advantage. As a results, the introduction of AM has
increased the firms’ competitiveness by strengthening customer satisfaction and
revenues, and may be therefore interpreted as a viable growing strategy for SMEs.
Furthermore, thanks to AM customers’ demand and payment availability have
increased and evident advantages on firms’ performance have been recorded.

Keywords:Additive manufacturing, 3D Printing, SMEs
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N210 Management Techniques
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
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Deposited On:16 Nov 2017 12:31

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