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The impact of the global financial crisis on working capital management in Swedish listed firms
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis studies the relationship between efficient working capital management and firm profitability, and if the global financial crisis has affected the relationship. Previous literature has presented inconsistent results regarding the impact of working capital management on firm profitability, finding both negative and positive effects. It has also been argued that the global financial crisis has increased the attention of and possibly changed the attitude towards working capital management as a strategy in order to increase firm profitability. In the study, the cash conversion cycle is used as a measure for working capital management, and return on assets as a measure for firm profitability.

The sample in this thesis consists of 1170 observations from 78 Swedish listed companies over the time-period 2003–2017. Both multiple regression analysis and an independent-sample t-test were conducted in order to examine the given relationship. The findings of this thesis indicate that firms can increase their profitability by implementing efficient working capital management. However, the global financial crisis has not brought a change in companies' working capital management.

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2019. , p. 35
Keywords [en]
Cash conversion cycle, firm profitability, global financial crisis, ROA, working capital efficiency, working capital management
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-393980OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-393980DiVA, id: diva2:1356093
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Master's Programme in Accounting and Financial Management
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Available from: 2019-10-01 Created: 2019-09-30 Last updated: 2019-10-01Bibliographically approved

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