The Australian manufacturing Mittelstand: an initial exploration

S. Baker, Tim Mazzarol

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Abstract

This paper examined the nature of the German Mittelstand and how it is defined within the academic and non-academic literature. In doing so, a brief history of the German Mittelstand provided a context for characteristics of this class of business, which are largely qualitative in nature, and which indicate that Mittelstand is not necessarily synonymous with small and medium enterprise (SME), however that may be defined. Nevertheless, a conceptual framework for an Australian Mittelstand is suggested, based to some degree on the size of the firm to differentiate between Kleiner and Größer Mittelstand. Several Australian manufacturing firms were identified which, based on the publicly available information, appear to qualify as Mittelstand. The paper endeavours to provide a starting point for the development of a working definition of an "Australian Mittelstand", to be used in future research aimed at the reinvigoration of the Australian manufacturing sector.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSmall Enterprise Association of Australia and New Zealand (SEAANZ) Conference Proceedings
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherSmall Enterprise Association of Australia and New Zealand
Pages1-19
Volumen/a
ISBN (Print)9780992420024
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event28th Annual Small Enterprise Association of Australia and New Zealand Conference 2015, (SEAANZ 2015) - Australia, Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 1 Jul 20153 Jul 2015

Conference

Conference28th Annual Small Enterprise Association of Australia and New Zealand Conference 2015, (SEAANZ 2015)
Abbreviated titleSEAANZ 2015
CountryAustralia
CityMelbourne
Period1/07/153/07/15

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