Title

Building a Case Against Strategic Equifinality: Hybrid Ideal Type Service Organizations in a Developing Country

Keywords

Developing countries, Ideal types, Strategic orientation, Organizational performance, Configurational theories, Equifinality

Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to build a case against strategic equifinality. This is accomplished by employing hybrid ideal types approach and testing the effect of these strategic types on firm performance among service firms in the context of a developing country.

Design/methodology/approach – Data were collected via a self-administered survey. The final sample of this study encompassed 169 ideal type hybrid companies operating in the tourism industry in Mugla, Turkey.

Findings – The research findings indicate that prospectors and hybrid prospector-analyzer (PA) orientations outperform defenders based on several financial and non-financial performance measures. However, all other strategic orientations show identical performance.

Research limitations/implications – The research findings imply that adopting a hybrid strategy is a viable option. In addition, SMEs in developing countries should exercise some caution when deciding to adopt a defender strategy.

Originality/value – This study uses hybrid ideal types for service firms in a dynamic business environment in a developing country.

Publication Date

6-1-2014

Original Citation

Madanoglu, M., Okumus, F. & Avci, U. (2014). Building a Case against Strategic Equifinality: Hybrid Ideal Type Service Organizations in a Developing Country, Management Decision, 52 (6), 1174-1193.

Number of Pages

1174-1193

Document Type

Paper

Language

English

Source Title

Management Decision

Volume

52

Issue

6

College

Rosen College of Hospitality Management

Location

Rosen College of Hospitality Management

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/MD-03-2013-0131

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