TITLE

EXPLORING A TYPOLOGY OF TECHNOLOGY INTENSIVE FIRMS: WHEN IS A ROSE A GREAT ROSE?

AUTHOR(S)
Tegarden, Linda F.; Sarason, Yolanda
PUB. DATE
August 2000
SOURCE
Academy of Management Proceedings & Membership Directory;2000, pD1
SOURCE TYPE
Conference Proceeding
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Previous research has contributed to our understanding of the technology intensive firms by proposing alternative typologies or classifications of these firms. This study explores one typology that characterizes firms by growth stage and production technology into four types of organizations: Embryonic, Start-up, Growth, and Mature Multiline. Consistent with the typology, it was proposed that firms in each type would differ in strategy, structure, practices and leadership. In addition, it was predicted that performance would depend on congruence between these organizational factors and typology type. In a study of 377 technology intensive firms, we find support for differences among organizations in measures of strategy, structure, practices and leadership by typology type. The characteristics of the organization as well as the type are also significant in explaining organizational performance. However, except for organizational structure, the firm characteristics that are related to performance do not significantly vary by organizational type. That is, the relationship between strategy, incentives and leadership variables with performance does not vary by typology. This implies that while an organization's structure must change with growth, other organizational characteristics continue to build over time. These findings are consistent with assertions regarding the need to develop complex capabilities, independent of organizational type. The finding is also consistent with the call that above average performing technology firms need to be able to manage both change and stability over time.
ACCESSION #
5438621

 

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