The global crisis that began in the second half of 2008 abruptly changed the business context, inducing firms to react by modifying their strategies. This paper examines changes in innovation and internationalization strategies that high-tech entrepreneurial ventures implemented to react to the crisis. Relying on insights from the behavioural theory of the firm and threat-rigidity theory, we explore the antecedents of firms’ investments in development of new products and in expansion in international markets and the consequences of these changes on firms’ growth performance. Econometric results from a sample of 140 Italian high-tech entrepreneurial ventures support the view that the stock of resources accumulated by larger firms, firms’ innovation and internationalization investments in the pre-crisis period and firms’ cash flow determine the extent of the two changes. The effects of these changes on firms’ short-term growth performance are positive only for investments in development of new products.

How high-tech entrepreneurial ventures cope with the global crisis: changes in product innovation and internationalization strategies / M.G. Colombo, E. Piva, A. Quas, C. Rossi-Lamastra. - In: INDUSTRY AND INNOVATION. - ISSN 1366-2716. - 23:7(2016 Oct 02), pp. 647-671. [10.1080/13662716.2016.1196438]

How high-tech entrepreneurial ventures cope with the global crisis: changes in product innovation and internationalization strategies

A. Quas;
2016-10-02

Abstract

The global crisis that began in the second half of 2008 abruptly changed the business context, inducing firms to react by modifying their strategies. This paper examines changes in innovation and internationalization strategies that high-tech entrepreneurial ventures implemented to react to the crisis. Relying on insights from the behavioural theory of the firm and threat-rigidity theory, we explore the antecedents of firms’ investments in development of new products and in expansion in international markets and the consequences of these changes on firms’ growth performance. Econometric results from a sample of 140 Italian high-tech entrepreneurial ventures support the view that the stock of resources accumulated by larger firms, firms’ innovation and internationalization investments in the pre-crisis period and firms’ cash flow determine the extent of the two changes. The effects of these changes on firms’ short-term growth performance are positive only for investments in development of new products.
behavioural theory; Global crisis; high-tech entrepreneurial ventures; internationalization; product innovation; threat-rigidity theory; Business, Management and Accounting (all); Management of Technology and Innovation
Settore SECS-P/09 - Finanza Aziendale
Settore SECS-P/11 - Economia degli Intermediari Finanziari
Settore SECS-P/06 - Economia Applicata
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