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Affärsidé och lönsamhet i medelstora företag
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Business Administration and Industrial Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9748-1127
2007 (Swedish)In: Nordiske organisasjonsstudier, ISSN 1501-8237, Vol. 9, no 2, 5-24 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper is focused on the relationship between business concepts and profitability in mid-sized firms. A first research question addresses whether it is possible to identify a key characteristic of business concepts which stands out as important for profitability. A second question regards if co-variation can be demonstrated between such a key business concept characteristic and profitability among mid-sized firms in one industry. The paper is based on a literature review and results from an empirical study of all firms in the prefab-housing industry in the south of Sweden with more than 20 employees. The literature review indicates that the configuration of the business concept should be important for profitability although this relationship has not been tested empirically. The empirical results of our study show that the ratio between the number of local connections between themes in the business concepts and the total number of business concept themes co-varies with firm profitability. The study therefore supports the assumptions in the literature which suggest that a business concept should be configured in an operational way, highlighting cause/effect-relationships, and that this characteristic appears to be related to firm profitability.

Abstract [sv]

Artikeln behandlar förhållandet mellan affärsidé och lönsamhet i medelstora företag. Forskningsfrågorna avser möjligheterna att med hjälp av litteraturen identifiera en nyckelegenskap hos affärsidéer som framstår som väsentlig för ett företags möjligheter att uppnå lönsamhet, och vilken samvariation som går att påvisa mellan denna nyckelegenskap hos affärsidéer och graden av lönsamhet hos medelstora företag i en bransch. Artikeln baseras på en litteraturstudie och resultat från en empirisk undersökning av samtliga trähusföretag i södra Sverige med minst 20 anställda. Litteraturstudien indikerar att en affärsidés konfiguration bör vara väsentlig för ett företags möjligheter att uppnå lönsamhet men att detta inte prövats empiriskt. De empiriska resultaten av vår studie visar att kvoten mellan antalet logiska kopplingar mellan olika teman i företagens affärsidéer och totala antalet teman samvarierar med företagens lönsamhet. Studien stödjer därför antaganden i litteraturen om att en affärsidé bör konfigureras så att den är konkret och belyser orsak- och verkanssamband mellan teman, samt att denna egenskap förefaller kunna kopplas till företagets lönsamhet.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 9, no 2, 5-24 p.
Keyword [en]
Business / Economics - Business studies
Keyword [sv]
Ekonomi - Företagsekonomi
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Business Administration
Research subject
Accounting and Control
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-15740Local ID: f4aacc50-419c-11dc-8da5-000ea68e967bOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-15740DiVA: diva2:988715
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Validerad; 2007; 20070803 (anders_n)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2017-11-24Bibliographically approved

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