AbstractsBusiness Management & Administration

Investigation of antecedents to performance in Swedish small and medium-sized companies

by Jarle Pettersen

Institution: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Year: 2014
Keywords: företagsekonomi; business administration - management control; sme (smal and medium size companies); performance indicator; innovativeness; risk-taking; crativity; competitor benchmark orientation; environmental opportunities; questionary research; spss
Record ID: 1363519
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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.