SMEs’ dynamic capabilities and value creation: the mediating role of competitive strategy

Rashidirad, Mona and Salimian, Hamid (2020) SMEs’ dynamic capabilities and value creation: the mediating role of competitive strategy. European Business Review. ISSN 0955-534X

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Purpose: This research explicates the role of dynamic capabilities in the ability of SMEs to create value and also investigates the relationship between different dynamic capabilities, competitive strategy and SMEs’ value sources.

Design/methodology/approach: Empirical evidence based on a survey conducted on a sample of 441 UK-based SMEs was used to test the research hypotheses.

Findings: The findings illustrate that sensing, learning, integrating and coordinating capabilities play a significant role in SMEs' value creation, and competitive strategy mediates the impact of dynamic capabilities on value creation.

Research limitations/implications: This study demonstrates the benefits of understanding the link between the four types of dynamic capabilities, competitive strategy and value creation. Moreover, this study contributes to the notion of the contingency nature of dynamic capabilities.

Practical implications: It offers managers insight into the aspects on which to focus their efforts to enhance their firm’s capacity of value creation.

Originality/value: While much of the prior studies have conceptually/qualitatively investigated the financial return of unidimensional dynamic capabilities of large firms in manufacturing sector, this study made a significant effort to quantitatively examine the non-financial value potential of SMEs in service sector through four processes of dynamic capabilities.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > Strategy and Marketing
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Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2020 08:55
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2020 11:15

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