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Cyron, T. & Steigenberger, N. (2019). The construction of social performance feedback in digital channels. In: : . Paper presented at 79th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, August 9-13, 2019, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The construction of social performance feedback in digital channels
2019 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-44690 (URN)
Conference
79th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, August 9-13, 2019, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Available from: 2019-06-19 Created: 2019-06-19 Last updated: 2019-06-19
Cyron, T. & Zoellick, J. C. (2018). Business development in post-growth economies: Challenging assumptions in the existing business growth literature. Management Revue, 29(3), 206-229
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Business development in post-growth economies: Challenging assumptions in the existing business growth literature
2018 (English)In: Management Revue, ISSN 0935-9915, E-ISSN 1861-9908, Vol. 29, no 3, p. 206-229Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Existing literature has not specifically examined individual business growth in post-growth economies. This paper challenges dominant assumptions in the business growth literature by considering post-growth economies as an organisational context characterised by natural resource scarcity and an absence of macro-level economic expansion. We investigate conceptually how such a context impacts business growth theory by seeking to answer three major questions: (1) What is business growth? (2) Why do businesses grow? (3) And how do businesses grow? Accordingly, post-growth contexts pose three major challenges to business growth theorising: (1) business growth as an increase in measurable outcomes, (2) resource competition and dispositive path dependencies, and (3) detrimental growth modes and strategies. Based upon six revised assumptions, we re-define business development in line with forces at work in post-growth economies. We further suggest a multidimensional research agenda that can catalyse future discussions of post-growth organisations. These discussions have the potential to overcome the inertia in business growth theory and its discrepancies with practice.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, 2018
Keywords
Conceptual paper, business development, problematisation, degrowth, sustainability
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-41957 (URN)10.5771/0935-9915-2018-3-206 (DOI)000447699200002 ()2-s2.0-85056416414 (Scopus ID)IHHCeFEOIS (Local ID)IHHCeFEOIS (Archive number)IHHCeFEOIS (OAI)
Available from: 2018-11-01 Created: 2018-11-01 Last updated: 2019-08-05Bibliographically approved
Brundin, E., Feng, L. & Cyron, T. (2018). The function of emotion in strategic management: A literature review and future research agenda. In: : . Paper presented at 78th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Chicago, USA, August 10-14, 2018. Academy of Management (AoM)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The function of emotion in strategic management: A literature review and future research agenda
2018 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Academy of Management (AoM), 2018
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-41907 (URN)
Conference
78th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Chicago, USA, August 10-14, 2018
Available from: 2018-10-26 Created: 2018-10-26 Last updated: 2018-10-26Bibliographically approved
Cyron, T. & Achtenhagen, L. (2017). Business growth in practice: Navigating dualities in the process of development. In: : . Paper presented at RENT XXXI (Research in Entrepreneurship and Small Business) conference 2017, Lund, Sweden, November 15-17. European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Business growth in practice: Navigating dualities in the process of development
2017 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Studying business growth from inception into establishment is challenging. We took up this challenge and studied a firm’s developmental process over the span of almost 17 years by analysing more than 860 weekly reports. Drawing on recent developments in the entrepreneurship-as-practice literature, our attention was on the activities and practices that supported the firm’s sustained growth. We find that the firm’s overall activity system periodically shifts in temporal focus between future, presence and past by navigating through four different dualities: (1) detail vs efficiency, (2) rigidity vs flexibility, (3) pressure vs relief and (4) prospection vs retrospection. As we emphasize temporal aspects, our findings extend current business growth theory by adding the dimension of past-oriented renewing to future- and presence-oriented entrepreneuring. We encourage practitioners to implement renewing practices during which they actively renovate and modernize obsolescent parts of their business.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM), 2017
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-38134 (URN)
Conference
RENT XXXI (Research in Entrepreneurship and Small Business) conference 2017, Lund, Sweden, November 15-17
Available from: 2017-12-12 Created: 2017-12-12 Last updated: 2018-09-11Bibliographically approved
Cyron, T. (2017). Goal formation and everyday governance in family firms. In: : . Paper presented at IFERA 2017 Conference: Locality and internationalization of Family Business, June 28, 2017, Zadar, Croatia. International Family Enterprise Research Academy (IFERA)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Goal formation and everyday governance in family firms
2017 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
International Family Enterprise Research Academy (IFERA), 2017
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-38137 (URN)
Conference
IFERA 2017 Conference: Locality and internationalization of Family Business, June 28, 2017, Zadar, Croatia
Available from: 2017-12-12 Created: 2017-12-12 Last updated: 2018-09-11Bibliographically approved
Cyron, T. (2017). Growth-of-practice: Towards a notion of organizational betterment. In: : . Paper presented at 33rd EGOS Colloquium: The Good Organization, Copenhagen, July 6-8, 2017. European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Growth-of-practice: Towards a notion of organizational betterment
2017 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

I seek to develop a humanist onto-epistemological understanding of firm growth by combining a practice-based social ontology with notions of process theory. Instead of first measuring the outcome in terms of an increase in size and then explaining it backwards via distinct entities, my idea is to turn the mannequin back to its feet. When centering the activity that embeds the individual agent in society at the core of our theorizing, growth entails a different meaning. It becomes a theory of deliberate actions that seek to change an organization’s net of practice-arrangement bundles (cf. Schatzki, 2005) in which practitioners constantly need to make sense of the past while prospecting the future (Hussenot & Missonier, 2016). When acting deliberately, moral reasoning impacts decision-making and action. The acknowledgement of moral reasoning throughout the process of firm growth then allows for its normative evaluation, e.g. whether the individual has acted out of pure interest or altruism, or whether the decision was taken by a single person or democratically involved multiple stakeholders. Instead of searching for practices that lead to increases in sales, profit, or workforce (i.e. growth-as-practice) the main purpose of firm growth becomes the improvement of practices (i.e. growth-of-practice) not only in terms of efficiency but also morality. It moves us closer towards a notion of organizational betterment and thus approaches the meaning of growth commonly depicted in Aristotelian philosophy: the development of character and personality on the road of becoming a good citizen.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS), 2017
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-38136 (URN)
Conference
33rd EGOS Colloquium: The Good Organization, Copenhagen, July 6-8, 2017
Available from: 2017-12-12 Created: 2017-12-12 Last updated: 2018-09-11Bibliographically approved
Cyron, T. (2016). Theoretical Perspectives on Growth Motivation: A Systematic Literature Review. In: : . Paper presented at RENT XXX: 30th anniversary of the RENT conference, Antwerp, November 16th-18th, 2016.. European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Theoretical Perspectives on Growth Motivation: A Systematic Literature Review
2016 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Objectives What motivates entrepreneurs to grow their business? Why are some entrepreneurs more willing than others to grow their firms? Does growth motivation influence the actual growth of firms? These questions serve as guiding lights for a systematic literature review on the topic of business growth motivation. The aim is to develop a holistic conceptual map of growth motivation based upon a meta-theoretical analysis. This procedure will condensate existing knowledge and guide future research.

Prior work Existing reviews on firm growth address the topic of motivation scarcely. Davidsson, Achtenhagen and Naldi (2006) seek for common grounds in existing literature and develop an overarching framework for future research. Wiklund, Patzelt and Shepherd (2009) develop and test an integrative model of firm growth. McKelvie and Wiklund (2010) focus explicitly on the growth mode. Dobbs and Hamilton (2007) criticize an episodic and linear approach towards business growth, while Achtenhagen, Naldi and Melin (2010) highlight a discrepancy between academic and practitioners’ perceptions of growth. Of these, only two review devote sub-chapters to growth motivation (cf. McKelvie & Wiklund 2010; Wiklund et al. 2009). Others, integrate the aspect of motivation indirectly. Yet, motivation plays an important role in seminal contributions of entrepreneurship (cf. Schumpeter 1934; Kirzner 1973) and firm growth (cf. Penrose 1959). In light of this, an up-to-date review on existing research on growth motivation is needed.

Approach This systematic literature review includes publications listed in Thomson Reuters’ Web of Science, limited to the Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI). The search syntax included various synonyms for ‘motivation’ and ‘business’ in combination with ‘growth’. I searched for the synonyms of ‘motivation’ and ‘business’ in titles, abstract and keywords. ‘Growth’ was required to appear in the title in order to increase the publications’ relevance. A similar approach was proved useful by previous reviews on growth (cf. Achtenhagen et al. 2010). 48 publications are considered eventually. These publications are reviewed systematically with regard to their theoretical approaches. The identified theories are structured in accordance to their position in Locke’s (1991) motivation sequence and their level of analysis in line with Bandura’s (1986) social cognitive theory.

Results I generate a phenomenon-centered conceptual map of firm growth motivation based upon applied theoretical concepts. It reveals that the phenomenon of growth motivation is hypothesized as a cognitive sequence which is influenced by personal, organizational, and environmental components. Until now, the cognitive base was researched extensively and remains mostly in line with developments in organizational and social psychology. A multitude of different persona, organizational, and environmental components have been explored. However, the research on growth motivation remains far from complete. Three aspects require further attention: accuracy of concepts, the influence of interpersonal relationships on growth motivation (e.g., family business), and variations in motivation across time.

Value/Implications The phenomenon-centered map on growth motivation condensates existing knowledge and guide future research on good grounds. The primary contribution is thus research-related. At the same time, it illustrates the complexity of growth motivation and supports critical voices against univocal policy-foci on high-growth firms. The widespread reluctance of small business owner-managers to grow their firms is explained by phenomenon’s immense complexity.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM), 2016
Keywords
Growth motivation, literature review, entrepreneurship, conceptual
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-34699 (URN)
Conference
RENT XXX: 30th anniversary of the RENT conference, Antwerp, November 16th-18th, 2016.
Available from: 2017-01-16 Created: 2017-01-16 Last updated: 2018-09-12Bibliographically approved
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