Configurations of capacity for change in entrepreneurial threshold firms: imprinting and strategic choice perspectives

Judge, William Q., Hu, Helen W., Gabrielsson, Jonas, Talaulicar, Till, Witt, Michael A., Zattoni, Alessandro, Lopez-Iturriaga, Felix, Chen, Jean Jingham, Shukla, Dhirendra, Quttainah, Majdi, Adegbite, Emmanuel, Rivas, Jose Luis, and Kibler, Bruce (2015) Configurations of capacity for change in entrepreneurial threshold firms: imprinting and strategic choice perspectives. Journal of Management Studies, 52 (4). pp. 506-530.

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Imprinting theory suggests that founding conditions are 'stamped' on organizations, and these imprinted routines often resist change. In contrast, strategic choice theory suggests that the firm can overcome organizational inertia and deliberately choose its future. Both theories offer dramatically different explanations behind an organization's capacity for change. IPO firms provide a unique context for exploring how imprinting forces interact with strategic choice factors to address organizational capacity for change as a firm moves from private to public firm status. Juxtaposing imprinting and strategic choice perspectives, we employ fuzzy set analysis to examine the multi-level determinants of organizational capacity for change. Our cross-national data reveal three effective configurations of organizational capacity for change within IPOs, and two ineffective configurations. Our results suggest that the antecedents of organizational capacity for change in entrepreneurial threshold firms are nonlinear, interdependent, and equifinal.

Item ID: 54473
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1467-6486
Keywords: fuzzy set analysis, imprinting theory, IPO firms, organizational capacity for change, strategic choice theory
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2018 00:23
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1503 Business and Management > 150303 Corporate Governance and Stakeholder Engagement @ 100%
SEO Codes: 91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9104 Management and Productivity > 910402 Management @ 100%
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