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How team-level Lean Startup facilitates firm-level Transforming Capability in SMEs

Le, P.X.N. (2023) How team-level Lean Startup facilitates firm-level Transforming Capability in SMEs.

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Abstract:This study aims to analyze the implementation of the Lean Startup methodology and how it facilitates Transforming Capability in the existing Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). To address this concern, the study used a qualitative research design comprising four Lean Startup-based projects from two small service-based companies. The data collection involved documentation, observations and semi-structured interviews with 16 organizational members. Primary data was analyzed with inductive and deductive coding method. Using individual, process-interaction and structure microfoundation levels as the starting point, the research reveals positive effects of the Lean Startup on Transforming Capability microfoundations via organizational learning processes, including reflection, repetition, verbal and non-verbal communication. Following Lean Startup principles leads to positive team-level outcomes regarding attitudes, alliances, knowledge integration, autonomy and standardization. These outcomes are then transferred to a collective form and shape the undergirding components of Transforming Capability, namely managerial cognition, decentralization and near decomposability, co-specialization, knowledge management and governance system. This research expands the existing literature about relevant concepts while providing some management practices to leverage Lean Startup and organizational learning mechanisms. While keeping the context of SMEs, future studies are suggested to change the sampling scope, analysis method or focus on a single part of the microfoundations.
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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