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Flexibility-Efficiency Tradeoff and Performance Implications Among Chinese SOEs


Justin Tan


York University - Schulich School of Business

Liang Wang


York University - Schulich School of Business

2010

Journal of Business Research, Vol. 63, No. 4, pp. 356-362, 2010

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This paper examines performance implications of the flexibility-efficiency tradeoff in the turbulent environment. We test the relationship between resource utilization and firm performance among the Chinese state owned enterprises (SOEs) during China’s economic transformation. The study finds that (1) overall efficiency enhances performance; (2) different measures of efficiency all exhibit curvilinear relationship with performance; (3) differences exist between high-efficiency and low-efficiency subgroups of firms. The results reveal that efficiency as well as flexibility has a positive impact on firm performance only within a certain range. Beyond a certain point, the cost of maintaining flexibility overwhelms the benefit, causing performance to decline.

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Keywords: China, flexibility-efficiency tradeoff, resource-based view, dynamic capabilities, state owned enterprises

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Date posted: March 28, 2010  

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Tan, Justin and Wang, Liang, Flexibility-Efficiency Tradeoff and Performance Implications Among Chinese SOEs (2010). Journal of Business Research, Vol. 63, No. 4, pp. 356-362, 2010. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1577423

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Justin Tan (Contact Author)
York University - Schulich School of Business ( email )
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3
Canada
HOME PAGE: http://www.schulich.yorku.ca/SSB-Extra/Faculty.nsf/faculty/Tan%20Justin
Liang Wang
York University - Schulich School of Business ( email )
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3
Canada
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