Research on innovative technological methods in SMEs' production processes is progressively receiving attention. However, little is known about the emerging phenomenon of additive manufacturing (AM), which may represent a signi ̄cant strategic lever for fostering a com- pany's competitiveness and performance, especially for SMEs. Our aim is to investigate the e®ects of AM on SMEs' production process, in order to better understand the relative outcomes of such an innovative technique. We used latent content analysis for empirically analyzing SMEs present in one of the most important Italian gold jewelry districts. Our ̄ndings suggest that the AM introduction in a company's production process e®ectively results in many positive outcomes, such as process innovation, customer satisfaction, costs, revenues, pro ̄ts, and competitive advantage. Speci ̄cally, there is a positive linkage between AM and a company's performance. Hence, such an innovative technique may be interpreted as a viable growth strategy for SMEs. Theoretical and managerial implications are discussed.

Additive Manufacturing in SMEs : Empirical Evidences from Italy / G. Marzi, L. Zollo, A. Boccardi, C. Ciappei. - In: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT. - ISSN 0219-8770. - 15:1(2018), pp. 1850007.1-1850007.22. [10.1142/S0219877018500074]

Additive Manufacturing in SMEs : Empirical Evidences from Italy

L. Zollo;
2018

Abstract

Research on innovative technological methods in SMEs' production processes is progressively receiving attention. However, little is known about the emerging phenomenon of additive manufacturing (AM), which may represent a signi ̄cant strategic lever for fostering a com- pany's competitiveness and performance, especially for SMEs. Our aim is to investigate the e®ects of AM on SMEs' production process, in order to better understand the relative outcomes of such an innovative technique. We used latent content analysis for empirically analyzing SMEs present in one of the most important Italian gold jewelry districts. Our ̄ndings suggest that the AM introduction in a company's production process e®ectively results in many positive outcomes, such as process innovation, customer satisfaction, costs, revenues, pro ̄ts, and competitive advantage. Speci ̄cally, there is a positive linkage between AM and a company's performance. Hence, such an innovative technique may be interpreted as a viable growth strategy for SMEs. Theoretical and managerial implications are discussed.
3D printing; 3DP; Additive manufacturing; case study; competitiveness; Italy; new product development; process innovation; product innovation; SMEs; Management of Technology and Innovation
Settore SECS-P/08 - Economia e Gestione delle Imprese
Article (author)
File in questo prodotto:
File Dimensione Formato  
IJITM.pdf

accesso riservato

Tipologia: Publisher's version/PDF
Dimensione 293.69 kB
Formato Adobe PDF
293.69 kB Adobe PDF   Visualizza/Apri   Richiedi una copia
Pubblicazioni consigliate

Caricamento pubblicazioni consigliate

I documenti in IRIS sono protetti da copyright e tutti i diritti sono riservati, salvo diversa indicazione.

Utilizza questo identificativo per citare o creare un link a questo documento: https://hdl.handle.net/2434/857731
Citazioni
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.pmc??? ND
  • Scopus 11
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.isi??? 7
social impact