The effects of management education upon strategic practice and performance: the case of the German SME machinery and equipment sector

Wagner, Richard (2010) The effects of management education upon strategic practice and performance: the case of the German SME machinery and equipment sector. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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This thesis is concerned with understanding the nature and impact of strategic management education upon management behaviour and performance. Previous research findings are limited, with continuing research being proposed. The aim of this research is to fill respective gaps.
The research is carried out in the German machinery and equipment industry sector. This sector was selected because it is of strategic importance for Germany’s economy and it is faced with imminent and ongoing challenges. The research concentrates on small and medium sized companies as these companies dominate this sector.
The desk research consists of a comprehensive literature review on the subjects: strategic management, SME community and research sector, previous empirical research results and management education.
The field research adopts a quantitative methodology with a survey questionnaire in a cross sectional time horizon. The field research is complemented by six “micro case studies” using qualitative data from the questionnaire and publicly available information.
Findings suggest that management education and, in particular, strategic management does not play an important role in German universities. Engineering faculties generally neglect strategic management education in their curricula. Evidence suggests that executives with engineering background have less knowledge in strategic management and generate a lower return on sales than those with business economic background or MBA qualified. From the research findings it can be concluded that German SMEs in the machinery and equipment sector profit from the implementation of strategic management.
This thesis closes with recommendations to policy makers regarding management education in Germany and proposals for further research.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Management education, management education in Germany, German education system, strategic management, strategic planning, management tools, German SMEs, German machinery and equipment sector, SME performance
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Colleges/Schools: College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Supervisor's Name: Paton, Prof. Robert and MacIntosh, Prof. Robert
Date of Award: 2010
Depositing User: Richard Wagner
Unique ID: glathesis:2010-1838
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 21 May 2010
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2012 13:47

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