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Year 2018 
Volume 26 
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Company Actions and Value Drivers: Manager Reports from Polish Firms

Ryszard Kłeczek
Wroclaw University of Economics

2018 26 (1) Central European Management Journal

DOI 10.7206/jmba.ce.2450-7814.217

Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this article is to identify what are the cause-effect patterns of how company actions influence value drivers in Polish frms.

Method: The method used in the study consists of (1) the generation of informant reports (stories) about what actions performed in their frms influenced the value drivers and (2) the identifcation of the repeating (replicating) patterns of such influence.

Results: The study identifes fve actions that reduce the unproductive time of participants of business processes and three actions influencing new product introductions or modifcations.

Managerial implications: Managers should (1) use standardization and automation, delegation of secondary activities, and trainings in teamwork to reduce unproductive time, more quickly fulfll contracts (with current products), and influence four fnancial value drivers. Moreover, they should (2) gather knowledge about the alternative ways of thinking about particular problems and (3) use personal participation of knowledge possessor’s teams in clients’ problem-solving places.

Limitations and future research: The author identifes fve limitations of the performed study and formulates relevant suggestions for future research.

Originality/value: The study contributes to management theory by (1) clarifying conceptual relations between the actions of frms (causes) and value drivers (effects) and (2) analyzing the manager reports about the real business value-creation processes.

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Kłeczek, Ryszard . “Company Actions And Value Drivers: Manager Reports From Polish Firms”. Central European Management Journal, Central European Management Journal, 26, no. 1 (2018): 13-26. doi:10.7206/jmba.ce.2450-7814.217.