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To change or not to change–antecedents and outcomes of strategic renewal in SMEs

Abstract

Companies need to constantly renew themselves to remain competitive in rapidly changing market environments, regardless of their size or age. Even though strategic renewal is a crucial factor for sustainable success of organizations, it is only an emergent area in literature. This article examines potential antecedents of strategic renewal and impact on firm performance. Based on 104 companies’ responses to a structured questionnaire, the empirical findings demonstrate that strategic renewal positively impacts firm performance, and that entrepreneurial orientation and organizational learning are antecedents. From a practical managerial viewpoint, our results suggest that firms following a strategic renewal approach can increase the long-term success of their organizations: Firms that are entrepreneurially oriented and willing to learn can successfully manage strategic renewal.

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Table 5 Constructs, subdimensions, items, and sources of the survey (Likert scale from 1 = fully disagree to 5 = fully agree)

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Klammer, A., Gueldenberg, S., Kraus, S. et al. To change or not to change–antecedents and outcomes of strategic renewal in SMEs. Int Entrep Manag J 13, 739–756 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11365-016-0420-9

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Keywords

  • Strategic renewal
  • Entrepreneurial orientation
  • Organizational learning
  • Learning orientation
  • Strategic entrepreneurship