n South African Journal of Industrial Engineering - An integrated approach for developing a technology strategy framework for small- to medium-sized furniture manufacturers to improve competitiveness

Volume 24, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1012-277X



Low-technology firms, such as those found within the furniture manufacturing industry, have no framework or methodology to guide them successfully to acquire and integrate technology that enables them to operate more competitively. The aim of this article is to illustrate the development of a technology strategy framework for small- to medium-sized furniture manufacturers to assist them to improve their competitiveness. More specifically, this article presents an integrated technology strategy framework that enables management to integrate their business strategy with their technology requirements successfully, thus improving competitiveness.

Lae-tegnologie ondernemings, soos dié in die meubelvervaardingingsbedryf, het geen raamwerk of metodologie om hulle te lei in die suskesvolle aanwending van tegnologie met die oog daarop om hulle meer mededingend te maak nie. Die doel van hierdie artikel is om te illustreer hoe 'n tegnologiestrategieraamwerk ontwikkel is om klein- tot medium-grootte meubelvervaardigers te help om meer mededingend te wees. Hierdie artikel bied dus 'n geïntegreerde tegnologiestrategieraamwerk aan wat bestuur sal help om hulle onderneming-strategie met hul tegnologievereistes te integreer en sodoende meer mededingend te wees.

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