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Impact of corporate entrepreneurial strategy on firm performance in China

Qiuqin He (), Minglin Wang () and Clara Martínez-Fuentes ()
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Qiuqin He: Hangzhou Normal University
Minglin Wang: Hangzhou Normal University
Clara Martínez-Fuentes: University of Valencia

International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, 2020, vol. 16, issue 4, No 12, 1427-1444

Abstract: Abstract Implementing corporate entrepreneurial (CE) strategies is a panacea for established firms achieving high performance and gaining sustained competitive advantage in a fast-changing business environment. This paper investigates the effects of CE strategy on firm performance at both overall and individual sub-category (investing in R&D, brand equity, organisational capital and human capital) levels with Chinese listed companies over the period 2010 to 2018. The empirical results indicate two points. (1) Adopting CE strategies has a positive effect on firm performance. When investigating the influence of the specific sub-category, only investing in R&D and human capital influences firm performance significantly, while the effects of investing in brand equity and organisational capital are insignificant. (2) The effects of CE strategy and its sub-categories on firm performance exist heterogeneity across firm ownership and industry context. Specifically, the effect of CE strategy in state-owned (manufacturing) firms is larger than that in privately-owned (service) firms; state-owned firms’ performance is driven by R&D investment, while privately-owned firms’ performance is driven by R&D and human capital investment; manufacturing firms’ performance is driven by R&D and brand equity investment, while service firms’ performance is driven by human capital investment.

Keywords: Corporate entrepreneurial strategy; Firm performance; Heterogeneity; China (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1007/s11365-020-00678-7

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