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The More Things Change the More They Stay the Same: A Longitudinal Study of Small Retail Firm Resources


Grimmer, L and Grimmer, M, The More Things Change the More They Stay the Same: A Longitudinal Study of Small Retail Firm Resources, Australian New Zealand Academy of Management Conference, 6-8 December 2017, RMIT University, Melbourne (2017) [Conference Extract]

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This paper reports research from a longitudinal study of the resources that predict performance in small, independent retail firms in Tasmania, Australia. Surveys were mailed to potential respondents in 2013 and in 2016. Responses from each administration (2013, n=401; 2016, n=376) revealed the same findings: informational (business information systems) resources and access to financial capital were positively related to firm performance, as measured by average annual sales turnover. On the other hand, informational (web) resources, including social media, were negatively related to performance. Strategic orientation and planning capability were examined as possible mediators of the resources-performance relationship. The results from this research demonstrate, on replication, which firm resources do, and do not, relate to small, independent retail firm performance.

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Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:retail, small business, Resource Advantage Theory
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Marketing
Research Field:Consumer-oriented product or service development
Objective Division:Commercial Services and Tourism
Objective Group:Property, business support services and trade
Objective Field:Wholesale and retail trade
UTAS Author:Grimmer, L (Dr Louise Grimmer)
UTAS Author:Grimmer, M (Professor Martin Grimmer)
ID Code:121088
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2017-09-08
Last Modified:2018-08-22

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