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|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|20209||2008||13 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||محاسبه نشده|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Journal of Business Research, Volume 61, Issue 7, July 2008, Pages 765–777
Strategic orientation is a critical factor for a firm's competitiveness in a transitional economy context but it is understudied in the current literature. This article examines the antecedents of strategic orientation from both the socio-cognitive and resource-based view perspectives. The study posits that the strategic orientations of firms in a transitional economy context are influenced by the top managers’ cognitions and organizational resources. Based on a national survey of high-technology firms in China, the study finds that a stronger market-focused strategic orientation was facilitated by managerial cognitions about the future of the industry and current operation and performance of the firm, as well as organizational resources including an R&D infrastructure, technological alliance, and top managers' foreign experience. The study confirms that strategic orientations should be examined from multiple theoretical perspectives.
Studies focusing on the outcomes of realized strategies populate the strategic management literature. Very few of them examine how strategies are developed. Nevertheless, the managerial cognitions studies help to understand the process of strategy development by examining how managers come to understand the business environment (Dutton et al., 1989, May et al., 2000 and Walsh, 1995). Strategic orientation is a major theme of this line of investigation (Durand and Coeurderoy, 2001). Broadly defined, strategic orientation is the business direction and objectives that the top management of a firm wants to achieve. Strategic orientation is particularly important in determining a firm's success in a transitional economy context (Luo et al., 2005, Zhou et al., 2005 and Zhou and Li, 2007). During an institutional transition from a centrally planned economy towards a market-based economy, emerging firms in transitional economies face a key strategic constraint of lacking forerunners for them to learn. Also, the experience in the pre-reform era provides little and not so relevant prior knowledge that enables these firms to evaluate external environment as well as to acquire and exploit resources. Similarly, the business mindset and experience that functioned effectively in the planned economy may become obsolete in the newly emerging market economies (Uhlenbruck et al., 2003). Accordingly, the need for a focus on managerial cognitions to transform organizations during institutional upheaval is critical (Newman, 2000). Firms in transitional economies are required to explore new mechanisms to learn how to strategize in order to facilitate effective organizational transformation (for incumbents) and to search for how to play under the new rules of the game (for new entrants) during institutional transition. In some sense, the possession of a strong strategic and market-oriented mindset is critical for these firms as they now have to engage in the entrepreneurial process with a strategic focus (Bruton et al., 2004). This article therefore examines how strategic orientation is developed in a new institutional environment. We choose to focus on the high-technology industry in the transitional economy of China. This is because technology-based ventures are critical for the development of transitional economies (Bruton and Rubanik, 2002). Also, high-technology firms are more entrepreneurial and require stronger strategic orientation in order to compete in the industry. In regard to China, high-technology firms are often referred to those firms that have a technology focus and are technology-intensive, and are called ‘high and new technology firms’. These firms are regarded as ‘emerging’ firms as they are ‘new’ to China. Most of the firms are in the chemical, pharmaceutical, electronics, telecommunications, machineries and equipment industries. Although the technology level of these firms may not be always comparable to that of those cutting-edge, world-class high-technology firms in developed countries, the high-technology firms in China have experienced phenomenal growth in the last decade. Some firms have achieved world-class status in terms of marketing, manufacturing, and technological development (Li et al., 2000). Yet, these firms are subject to hostile forces in the transitioning institutional environment (Ahlstrom and Bruton, 2002, Lau et al., 2002a and Lau et al., 2002b). In China, most of the high-technology firms are young and entrepreneurial ventures, while some of them are spin-offs or reformed ventures from state-owned enterprises in the pre-transition period. The owners and chief executives (who are regarded as entrepreneurs) are operating in a complex social and economic context, with diverse demands and constraints (Lau and Busenitz, 2001). They also need to make use of their limited resources to compete with the larger state-owned enterprises and foreign invested firms. Thus, examining the strategic orientations of these firms allows us to better understand the strategy development process of firms in a transitional economy context. This study suggests that the development of strategic orientation can be understood by examining both the cognitive mindset of top managers (entrepreneurs) and organizational resources of the firms during institutional transition. This is because the examination of managers’ cognitive mindset is particularly important in situation with high ambiguity and uncertainty, like in the context of a transitional economy, and both the adaptation of indigenous resources and the development of new resources are crucial for strategic competitiveness during institutional transition. This echoes the call of Ginsberg (1994) that there is a need to integrate the cognitive and resource-based perspectives in studying firm strategies. By focusing on ventures that require entrepreneurship, this study also contributes to the understanding of the particularity of high-technology ventures and how their strategic orientations are developed in a new industry sector in a transitional environment. This implies that neither an entrepreneurial cognition nor organizational resources alone are sufficient to develop market-focused strategic orientations in a transitional economy.