AbstractsBusiness Management & Administration

Leading growth: CEO's cognition, knowledge acquisition and business model innovation in face of dynamism

by Arash Najmaei Lonbani

Institution: Macquarie University
Year: 2014
Keywords: Directors of corporations  – Australia; Small business  – Australia  – Management; New business enterprises  – Australia  – Planning; executives' cognitive style; business model innovation; small firm growth; knowledge acquisition; structural equation modelling; mixed-methods
Record ID: 1055339
Full text PDF: http://hdl.handle.net/1959.14/307049


"Submitted in partial requirement for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Management Science, Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW 2109, Australia, August 2013". At foot of title: "A Mixed-Methods Study of Australian SMEs". Bibliography: pages 315-422. 1. Introduction  – 2. Review of the literature  – 3. Research questions, conceptual framework and hypotheses  – 4. Research design and methods  – 5. Results of quantitative and qualitative data analysis  – 6. Discussion of findings  – 7. Conclusion. "In this dissertation I specified a model proposing that managerial cognitive style could result in knowledge asymmetries which under environmental dynamism lead to a different emphasis placed on business model innovation which could be a determinant of firms' differential growth in an industry. This theory synthesizes insights from different but interrelated bodies of research including Edith Penrose's theory of the growth of the firm, managerial dynamic capabilities and the knowledge-based view, business model of the firm and strategic cognition. I further tested the proposed model using a mixed-methods design based on the data from CEOs of small manufacturing firms in Australia. In the quantitative phase a hybrid survey consisting of postal and online modes was conducted and data from 299 firms was analyzed by employing a two-step structural equation modeling approach. 13 hypotheses and 11 control variables were assessed. In the qualitative phase semi-structured in-depth interviews with 5 CEOs were conducted and analyzed using content and thematic analytic methods with Nvivo. The results of this qualitative phase were used to corroborate and cross-validate the results of the statistical analysis. Furthermore, this exploratory analysis generated a number of additional interesting themes. The results of these analyses supported my key theoretical expectations while offering some new insights into the underlying mechanisms of the growth of the firm.''  – Abstract. 1 online resource (xxvi, 510 pages) illustrations (coloured)