Session 115

Developing Country Firms

Track A

Date: Friday, March 11, 2011


Time: 15:30 – 16:45

Common Ground

Room: Room 1-005


  • Ravi Ramamurti, Northeastern University

Title: Factors Influencing Ambidexterity in Emerging Economy Family Firms: A Study of Brazilian Firms


  • Denise Dunlap, Northeastern University
  • Ravi Sarathy, Northeastern University
  • Ronaldo Parente, Florida International University

Abstract: Do family-owned firms in Emerging Economies tend to be less willing or more willing to take on new, novel exploration activities? If so, what factors might contribute to their risk-aversive or risk-taking behavior? We develop a theoretical framework that examines how family characteristics and institutional and cultural factors play a role in uniquely influencing family firm ambidexterity, namely, the firm’s ability to the balance investments in exploration (risk taking, innovation) and exploitation (refinement of existing innovation) activities. We intend to collect data for our analysis on Brazilian family firms. We conclude with implications for theory and practice.

Title: Factors of Outsourcing for Small and Medium Size Manufacturing Enterprises in a Developing Country


  • Muhammad Mohiuddin, Laval University
  • Egide Karuranga, Laval University
  • Zhan Su, Laval University

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to identify and understand the process and factors which influence the outsourcing decision in context of manufacturing firm in a developing country like Bangladesh. The data was collected through questionnaires from the manufacturing firms in Bangladesh. The findings revealed that the factors of
outsourcing identified for the study had significant effect on outsourcing decision except reducing operating cost. The recommendations are also offered more in-depth guidelines for maximizing the benefits of outsourcing.

Title: Knowledge and Performance in Brazilian Firms


  • Flavio Macau, Insper
  • Luiz Brito, Getulio Vargas Foundation

Abstract: We examine the effects of knowledge on performance, moderated by turbulence. We hypothesize that knowledge development (KD) and culture of competitiveness (CC) have a positive effect on performance. Under turbulence KD has a stronger effect on manufacturing firms, while CC has a stronger effect on service firms. Synergy along KD and CC is considered through an interaction effect. We also study the effects along our first order latent variables, e.g. the direct effect of a learning orientation on performance. Empirical data, resulting from a 41 questions survey, involved about 3,000 respondents, comprising 334 manufacturing and 509 service firms. The psychometric properties of the constructs were evaluated through a confirmatory factor analysis, performed through structural equation modeling, while hypothesis were tested through hierarchical linear regressions.

Title: Network Performance in the Brazilian Textile Industry: A Comparison Between Campina Grande and João Pessoa


  • Egide Karuranga, Laval University
  • Lucilene Klenia Rodrigues Bandeira, Federal University of Campina Grande
  • Yao A. Amewokunu, Virginia State University

Abstract: This research analyzes the performance of two Brazilian company networks, Campina Grande and João Pessoa. The results reveal significant differences according to the operation mode in these networks. The network of Campina Grande has a dynamic operation that brings positive results to the group in contrast to that of João Pessoa.

Title: The Influence of Innovation on Firm Performance in Brazil


  • Herbert Kimura, University of Brasilia
  • David Ferreira Lopes Santos, Petróleo Brasileiro S.A.
  • Leonardo Basso, Mackenzie Presbyterian University
  • Eduardo Kayo, University of Sao Paulo

Abstract: This research aimed to study the relationship between innovation and variables that represent firm performance. Using a comprehensive database that cross references innovation information gathered by PINTEC (Technological Innovation Research) of IBGE (Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics) we investigate possible relationships between innovation and performance of Brazilian companies. Results of the application of the structural equation model suggest, for the sample of Brazilian companies, that variables associated with investments in innovation, which are connected to the innovative effort of a company, positively influence financial performance.

Title: The Use of Prospective Scenarios in the Strategic Formulation: An Application in the Brazilian Bank Industry


  • Oderlene Vieira de Oliveira, University of Fortaleza
  • Sergio Forte, University of Fortaleza
  • Jose Geleilate, Florida International University

Abstract: Housed in a competitive environment, banks are obliged to keep in a continual process of alertness, adaptation and adjustment to environmental changes to map with more certainty their future actions. Thus, it was objectified construct prospective scenes for the Brazilian banking sector, searching to demonstrate the relevance of the use of instruments capable to endorse the strategic formularization. Questionnaires have been applied in accordance and with consideration to the Prospective Analysis method, adopted for the elaboration of the scene. The results creates the possibility of the construction of two prospective scenes for the Brazilian banking sector: an Optimistic Scene and another Pessimist and shows evidence that the use of the prospective scenes can be considered as an instrument capable to guide to better strategic decisions.

All Sessions in Track A...

Fri: 11:30 – 12:45
Session 103: CSR and Environmental Issues in Emerging Markets
Session 111: Performance Issues
Session 114: Internationalization Strategies
Session 117: Learning in Emerging Markets
Session 120: The Characteristics and Effects of the BRIC Economies as Hubs for Regional Economic Development
Fri: 14:15 – 15:30
Session 102: Resources in Emerging Markets
Session 106: Multilatina FDI Strategies
Session 110: Global Competition
Session 112: CSR and Environmental Issues
Session 124: Research Methods for the Study of Competitive Advantage
Fri: 15:30 – 16:45
Session 101: Institutions in Emerging Markets
Session 104: Alliances and Networks
Session 105: Knowledge and Innovation
Session 108: Knowledge and Resources
Session 115: Developing Country Firms
Sat: 10:45 – 12:00
Session 107: Multilatina Performance
Session 113: CEOs and Other Human Resources
Session 123: Banks and their Influence
Session 125: Reviewing Latin America’s Strategic Role in Global Development
Session 126: Publishing and Not Perishing: Strategies for Publishing in Top Journals
Sat: 15:45 – 17:00
Session 100: Entrepreneurship in Emerging Markets
Session 109: Social Issues and Local Development
Session 116: Emerging Market Institutional Reform
Session 118: Management Innovation in Emerging Markets
Session 127: Teaching in Latin America

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