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Business takeovers : is strong entrepreneurial orientation beneficial for SMEs?

Nijhuis, S.T. (2020) Business takeovers : is strong entrepreneurial orientation beneficial for SMEs?

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Abstract:The overall purpose of this explorative study is to identify, on the basis of case studies, if the potential of SMEs improves during and after the process of a takeover. During this process, firm performance and entrepreneurial orientation will be highlighted. Two theories have been used to do this. The theory of Nejati (2010) provides insight into the performance of a company and shows the associated factors. The theory of Lumpkin and Dess (1996) provides insight into entrepreneurial orientation and shows the associated factors. During this research, it has been examined whether there is a link between entrepreneurial orientation and firm performance. To do so, literature study was used to collect data. In addition, four case studies were carried out within the technological sector, in which semi-structured interviews were mainly used to collect the data. The derived data is used to answer the main research question: “To what extent does a SME business takeover lead to a stronger entrepreneurial orientation of the company and to what extent does this lead to an improved firm performance?” The results of this explorative research show that in the case of a company takeover, several minor adjustments are made within the company so that processes are optimized. The directors of the four case companies also indicate that they can function more independently within the company. The firm performance and entrepreneurial orientation of three of the four researched companies have improved after the company takeover. However, it should be noted that the economy has also grown which may have had an effect on the performance of the companies. Because an exploratory study has been carried out, it is not possible to give a concrete answer to the research question. In some companies, both entrepreneurial orientation and firm performance have improved, but it is difficult to indicate whether there is a connection between these two factors.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Administration MSc (60644)
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