Strategic Initiatives and Control

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Based on survey data of 201 firms in six industries, this paper examines the relationship between control mechanisms and the performance of strategic growth initiatives. We differentiate control along two dimensions: formality (formal, informal) and target of control (input, behavior, and output) to examine six control mechanisms. We formulate several hypotheses stating their relationship with initiative performance. The paper makes two major contributions. First, it contributes to a clearer conceptualization and operationalization of control mechanisms. The factor analysis results support distinct control mechanisms but suggest a more complex picture for our informal control mechanisms than initially proposed. Second, the findings from the regression analysis suggest distinct relationships between these control mechanisms and performance. These findings shed new light on the execution of strategic initiatives relevant to managers driving growth in their companies and points the way for future research in the area of corporate entrepreneurship and control research.

Authors Kreutzer, Markus; Lechner, Christoph & Cardinal, Laura
Language English
Keywords Organizational control; Formal control; Informal control; Strategic Initiatives; Growth
Subjects business studies
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
Refereed Yes
Date 10 August 2008
Publisher Academy of Management (AOM)
Place of Publication Briarcliff Manor, NY
Title of Book Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings
Event Title 68th Academy of Management Annual Meeting (AOM) 2008 "The Questions We Ask"
Event Location Anaheim, CA
Event Dates 08.-13.08.2008
Depositing User Prof. Dr. Markus Kreutzer
Date Deposited 03 Apr 2008 13:11
Last Modified 24 Jan 2018 10:10


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Kreutzer, Markus; Lechner, Christoph & Cardinal, Laura: Strategic Initiatives and Control. 2008. - 68th Academy of Management Annual Meeting (AOM) 2008 "The Questions We Ask". - Anaheim, CA.

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