Configurations of Capacity for Change in Entrepreneurial Threshold Firms: Imprinting and Strategic Choice Perspectives

25 Pages Posted: 29 Apr 2015

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William Q. Judge

Old Dominion University

Helen Wei Hu

University of Melbourne

Jonas Gabrielsson

Lund University - School of Economics and Management

Till Talaulicar

University of Erfurt

Michael A. Witt

INSEAD; Harvard University, Reischauer Institute

Alessandro Zattoni

University of Bocconi - Strategic and Entrepreneurial Management

Félix J. López-Iturriaga

Universidad de Valladolid - Department of Finance and Accounting; National Research University Higher School of Economics - International Laboratory of Intangible-driven Economy

Jean Jinghan Chen

University of Southampton

Dhirendra Shukla

University of New Brunswick - Fredericton

Majdi Anwar Quttainah

Kuwait University

Emmanuel Adegbite

Durham University

José Luis Rivas

Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM)

Bruce Alan Kibler

Gannon University

Date Written: June 2015

Abstract

Imprinting theory suggests that founding conditions are ‘stamped’ on organizations, and these imprinted routines often resist change. In contrast, strategic choice theory suggests that the firm can overcome organizational inertia and deliberately choose its future. Both theories offer dramatically different explanations behind an organization's capacity for change. IPO firms provide a unique context for exploring how imprinting forces interact with strategic choice factors to address organizational capacity for change as a firm moves from private to public firm status. Juxtaposing imprinting and strategic choice perspectives, we employ fuzzy set analysis to examine the multi‐level determinants of organizational capacity for change. Our cross‐national data reveal three effective configurations of organizational capacity for change within IPOs, and two ineffective configurations. Our results suggest that the antecedents of organizational capacity for change in entrepreneurial threshold firms are non‐linear, interdependent, and equifinal.

Keywords: fuzzy set analysis, imprinting theory, IPO firms, organizational capacity for change, strategic choice theory

Suggested Citation

Judge, William Q. and Hu, Helen Wei and Gabrielsson, Jonas and Talaulicar, Till and Witt, Michael A. and Zattoni, Alessandro and Lopez-Iturriaga, Felix Javier and Chen, Jean and Shukla, Dhirendra and Quttainah, Majdi Anwar and Adegbite, Emmanuel and Rivas, Jose Luis and Kibler, Bruce Alan, Configurations of Capacity for Change in Entrepreneurial Threshold Firms: Imprinting and Strategic Choice Perspectives (June 2015). Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 52, Issue 4, pp. 506-530, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2600318 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/joms.12121

William Q. Judge (Contact Author)

Old Dominion University ( email )

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Helen Wei Hu

University of Melbourne ( email )

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Jonas Gabrielsson

Lund University - School of Economics and Management ( email )

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Till Talaulicar

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Michael A. Witt

INSEAD ( email )

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Harvard University, Reischauer Institute

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Alessandro Zattoni

University of Bocconi - Strategic and Entrepreneurial Management ( email )

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Italy

Felix Javier Lopez-Iturriaga

Universidad de Valladolid - Department of Finance and Accounting ( email )

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Spain
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National Research University Higher School of Economics - International Laboratory of Intangible-driven Economy ( email )

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Russia

Jean Chen

University of Southampton ( email )

Southampton, SO17 1BJ
Great Britain

Dhirendra Shukla

University of New Brunswick - Fredericton

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Fredericton NB E3B 5A3
Canada

Majdi Anwar Quttainah

Kuwait University ( email )

Kuwait

Emmanuel Adegbite

Durham University ( email )

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Durham, Durham DH1 3HP
United Kingdom

Jose Luis Rivas

Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) ( email )

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Col. Héroes de Padierna
Mexico City, D.F. 01000, Federal District 01080
Mexico

Bruce Alan Kibler

Gannon University ( email )

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Erie, PA 16541
United States

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