Michael E. Smith, Ph.D., C.Q.A.
Michael E. Smith, Ph.D., C.Q.A., University of Western Carolina, 828/227-3697; firstname.lastname@example.org
Lee Buddress, Ph.D., C.P.M.
Lee Buddress, Ph.D., C.P.M., Portland State University, 503/725-4769; email@example.com
Small businesses are a critical part of the economy, but they receive relatively little attention either in terms of public policy or scholarship relative to large firms. This neglect fails to recognize the impact of small businesses on employment, as innovators, and as important contributors to the supply base of large businesses. The vast majority of research in supply management addresses best practices and emerging issues within large businesses. The nature of the resources available to large businesses to implement managerial systems suggests that the high degree of formality and resource intensive nature of many current supply management approaches may render adaptation to the resource-constrained small business environment difficult, if not impossible. This session focuses on identifying difficulties specific to small organizations and proposes several methods to address these issues.