Influences on strategic management styles among fast growth medium-sized firms in France and Germany

Perks, Keith (2006) Influences on strategic management styles among fast growth medium-sized firms in France and Germany Strategic Change, 15 (3). pp. 153-164. ISSN 1086-1718

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Abstract

Abstract The central aim of this research is to examine the entrepreneur's perception of strategic management in a study of fast growth medium-sized organizations. The literature on strategic management styles is reviewed to develop research propositions. The propositions are then evaluated through an analysis of in-depth interviews with owner-manager entrepreneurs in France and Germany. The findings are that entrepreneurs in these fast growth medium-sized firms adopt hybrid styles of strategic management - a synthesis of entrepreneurial, adaptive, small and large firm characteristics. However, an enduring characteristic of all of the firms is retention of the attributes of entrepreneurial orientation at the core of the strategic management style. Even though there are common patterns due to personal preferences, attitudes and organizational influences, each firm has an individual and particular strategic management style. The research findings provide further evidence to challenge the accepted management ideas of appropriate and standardized organizational structures and styles, with implications for management practice and research in firms undergoing fast growth.

Item Type: Journal article
Subjects: N000 Business and Management > N200 Management studies > N210 Management techniques > N211 Strategic management
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1002/jsc.752
Faculties: Brighton Business School > Marketing Research Group
Depositing User: business editor
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2008
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2010 11:31
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/1957

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