Zaid Bin Khalid, Nadeem Ahmed Mufti, Yasir Ahmad


This research aims to identify major barriers impacting
collaboration and enhancing the understanding of these barriers
among small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) operating in the
auto parts manufacturing sector of Pakistan. A mathematical based
qualitative methodology known as interpretive structural modeling
(ISM) approach is applied to diagnose foremost barriers and to
develop a hierarchical model showing mutual relationships among
them. Seven barriers have been identified with the help of literature
and experts’ opinion. Classification of barriers has also been carried
out according to their driving and dependence powers.

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