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Investigation of antecedents to performance in Swedish small and medium-sized companies
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Industrial Economics.
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Industrial Economics.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesisAlternative title
Undersökning av faktorer som påverkar små och medelstora svenska företags prestanda (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

Companies are constantly striving to make choices that lead to improved performance. In some cases these decisions may even determine their survival in the market. Many research papers have examined antecedents to predict their impact on performance. This paper explores the roles of social networking, risk taking, creativity, competitor benchmark orientation, and environmental opportunities as facilitators for improving the performance of a company. Our study is based on previous research and the foundation for the theoretical model. Our analysis includes 65 firms in Sweden and covers small and medium-sized firms. This thesis was able to identify a positive effect of social networking on performance. We were also able to identify a negative effect of risk taking and a positive effect of creativity on performance.

Abstract [sv]

Företagen strävar efter att göra val som leder till ständigt bättre resultat. Dessa beslut kan även vara avgörande för företagets överlevnad. Många forskningsrapporter har undersökt vilka faktorer som påverkar ett företags prestanda. Denna artikel utforskar faktorerna: sociala nätverk, risktagande, kreativitet, jämförelse med konkurrenter och företagsmiljö med hur dessa påverkar prestandan hos ett företag. Den teoretiska modellen som har utvärderas är baserad på tidigare forskning. Vår analys omfattar 65 SME (Små och medelstora företag) i Sverige. I avhandlingen har vi identifierat att sociala nätverk ger en positiv effekt på de aktuella företagens prestanda. Vi har också kunnat identifiera att risktagande ger en negativ effekt och att kreativitet ger en positiv effekt på företagens prestation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 64 p.
Keyword [en]
SME (Smal and medium size companies), Performance indicator, Innovativeness, Risk-taking, Crativity, Competitor Benchmark Orientation, Environmental opportunities, Questionary research, SPSS
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-2071Local ID: oai:bth.se:arkivexDF71E938EBE7EAEAC1257D76006C51F2OAI: oai:DiVA.org:bth-2071DiVA: diva2:829335
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Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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Available from: 2015-04-22 Created: 2014-10-19 Last updated: 2015-06-30Bibliographically approved

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