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Title: Total quality management practices, competitive strategies and financial performance: the case of the Palestinian industrial SMEs
Authors: Herzallah, Ahmad
Gutiérrez-Gutiérrez, Leopoldo
Muñoz Rosas, Juan Francisco
Issue Date: 2013
Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to examine the relationship between Total Quality Management (TQM) practices, competitive strategies - cost leadership and differentiation- and firm performance in the Palestinian economy. Within this study total quality management has been conceptualized as soft and hard practices, in congruence with the literature. An empirical analysis based upon an extensive validation process was applied to refine TQM, competitive strategies and financial performance scales. Data were collected through surveying 202 in Palestinian industrial small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Structural Equation Modeling was carried out to test the anticipated relationships. Results derived from this study show that TQM practices have indirect, positive and significant relationship with financial performance through competitive strategies. In addition, a direct, positive and significant relationship between competitive strategies and financial performance was observed. Results derived from this study might help managers to implement TQM practices in order to effectively allocate resources and improve financial performance.
Publisher: Total Quality Management & Business Excellence (Taylor&Francis)
Description: "This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Total Quality Management and Business Excellence on 19 Aug 2013, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14783363.2013.824714."
Keywords: TQM
Cost leadership
Differentiation
Strategy
SME
Palestine
Manufacturing
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10481/35847
ISSN: 1478-3363
1478-3371
Rights : Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 License
Citation: Herzallah, A.M.; Gutiérrez-Gutiérrez, L.J.; Muñoz Rosas, J.F. Total quality management practices, competitive strategies and financial performance: the case of the Palestinian industrial SMEs. Total Quality Management and Business Excellence, 25(5/6): 635-649 (2013). [http://hdl.handle.net/10481/35847]
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