Perceived versus Financially Measured Strategic Position of a Company

By Ladislav Siska.

Published by Change Management: An International Journal

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The article focuses on the application and measurement of the two generic strategies proposed by M. E. Porter. The strategies are measured based on managers' declarations about strategies followed by their companies and also based on financially calculated strategic position of the companies. The data on perceived strategic position was gathered by a survey carried out with 452 managers from the companies residing in the Czech Republic. The financially measured strategic position was computed using DuPont's method of ROA decomposition applied on publically available data from financial statements. The indicators of return on sales (ROS) and assets turnover (ATO) were used to distinguish between the differentiation strategy and the cost leadership strategy. The comparison shows that the majority of managers perceived the strategy of their companies to be differentiation, although the financial data showed the prevalence of the cost leadership strategy. In addition, the results revealed that the harmony in perceived and financially measured strategies was typical for outperforming companies.

Keywords: Strategy, Differentiation, Cost Leadership, Performance

Change Management: An International Journal, Volume 13, Issue 3, November 2014, pp.11-21. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: November 25, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 559.411KB)).

Dr. Ladislav Siska

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Economics and Administration , Department of Corporate Economy, Masaryk University, Brno, Jihomoravsky kraj, Czech Republic

Dr. Ladislav Siska is an Assistant Professor of Managerial Accounting and Controllership at the Faculty of Economics and Administration at Masaryk University.