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dc.contributor.authorAngeles, Adrianela
dc.contributor.authorPérez Encinas, Adriana 
dc.contributor.authorVillanueva, Cristian E.
dc.contributor.otherUAM. Departamento de Organización de Empresases_ES
dc.date.accessioned2022-07-07T09:08:40Z
dc.date.available2022-07-07T09:08:40Z
dc.date.issued2022-03-21
dc.identifier.citationGlobal Journal of Flexible Systems Management 23.2 (2022): 271–290en_US
dc.identifier.issn0974-0198 (online)es_ES
dc.identifier.issn0972-2696 (print)es_ES
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10486/703021
dc.description.abstractToday’s lifespan of companies tends to be low in the so-called micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs). Organizational life cycle (OLC) theory indicates that organizational aging is related, but not determined, by the firm chronological age or its size. Therefore, a firm’s aging should be analyzed by other factors such as flexibility. The literature considers flexibility as an essential capability, a source of competitive advantage, and an enabler of long-term growth for MSMEs. However, little attention in emerging economies has been paid to examine the nuances of this concept in relation to the OLC in this type of companies. Additionally, studies tend to analyze flexibility as a general term, ignoring that it is a polymorphic concept. That is why there is a need to research the different categories of flexibility. Drawing on a quantitative approach conducting a factor analysis, a two-step cluster, and decision tree analysis to interrogate data from 257 MSMEs in Mexico, this study provides evidence of different dimensions of strategic and structural flexibility that help to characterize and predict the growth, maturity, and declining stages of MSMEs. Our results show that mature firms present more strategic and structural flexible characteristics than those involved in growth or decline stages. The flexible factors that help classify and predict an MSME in the maturity stage include open communication, decentralized decision making, and formalization. We provide a model with these results to illuminate unaddressed issues regarding the broad term of flexibility and its relationship to OLC.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipOpen Access funding provided thanks to the CRUE-CSIC agreement with Springer Nature. There is no funding for this articleen_US
dc.format.extent20 pag.es_ES
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfes_ES
dc.language.isoengen
dc.publisherSpringeres_ES
dc.relation.ispartofGlobal Journal of Flexible Systems Managementen_US
dc.rights© The Author(s) 2022es_ES
dc.subject.otherDecentralized decision makingen_US
dc.subject.otherDecision tree analysisen_US
dc.subject.otherDeveloping countryen_US
dc.subject.otherOrganizational growthen_US
dc.subject.otherProactive flexibilityen_US
dc.subject.otherTwo-step cluster analysisen_US
dc.titleCharacterizing organizational lifecycle through strategic and structural flexibility: insights from MSMEs in Mexicoen_US
dc.typearticleen_US
dc.subject.ecienciaEconomíaes_ES
dc.subject.ecienciaEmpresaes_ES
dc.relation.publisherversionhttps://doi.org/10.1007/s40171-022-00301-4es_ES
dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s40171-022-00301-4es_ES
dc.identifier.publicationfirstpage271es_ES
dc.identifier.publicationissue2es_ES
dc.identifier.publicationlastpage290es_ES
dc.identifier.publicationvolume23es_ES
dc.type.versioninfo:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersiones_ES
dc.rights.ccReconocimientoes_ES
dc.rights.accessRightsopenAccessen_US
dc.facultadUAMFacultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresarialeses_ES


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