Diversity, Diversification and Profitability among British Manufacturing Companies, 1972-84
This study investigated the causal relationships between diversity, diversification, and profitability among 304 large British manufacturing companies that differed in both product and multinational diversity. Diversity and profitability were positively related up to a point; after that point, increases in product diversity were associated with declining profitability. The results were unclear with respect to the underlying causal relationships. Product diversification did not increase profitability, and there was limited evidence that profitability promoted diversification. For multinational diversification, however, we found that profitability in the home market encouraged overseas expansion that in turn increased profitability.
Diversity in the workplace, diversification in industry, performance management, causal models, international business enterprises, corporate profits, profit maximization, strategic planning
Business | Strategic Management Policy
Strategy and Organisation
Academy of Management Journal
Academy of Management
GRANT, Robert M.; JAMMINE, Azar P.; and THOMAS, Howard.
Diversity, Diversification and Profitability among British Manufacturing Companies, 1972-84. (1988). Academy of Management Journal. 31, (4), 771-802. Research Collection Lee Kong Chian School Of Business.
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