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Title: Value drivers within SMEs : growth and value creation within the context of the Economic Value Added® framework
Author: Dennis, Karen D.
Awarding Body: Oxford Brookes University
Current Institution: Oxford Brookes University
Date of Award: 2013
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Value based performance measurement has become popular in modern day financial practices. Of the many value based measurements, the EVA® framework has gained much notoriety. It became the focus of much research because it has been widely implemented in many large organisations with professed benefits in maximizing shareholder wealth. Much of the previous work on the EVA® framework focused on the performance metric; conclusions differed as to whether the EVA® performance metric resulted in better information or whether it was better at indicating performance, and ultimately shareholder wealth. Conclusions were similar when compared to other value based measures and with traditional measures. EVA®’s management and compensation framework was also investigated, again resulting in conflicting results. Other studies focused on the theory behind EVA® and concluded that it is financially sound and was agreed to be based on established theory on residual income. This study investigates growth and value creation in SMEs within the context of the EVA® framework. The investigation was conducted using and integrating a mixed method approach. Using purposive sampling, a range of SMEs was selected; senior management interviewed and financial reports for a 5 years period were collected. Practitioners are included for their expert views which were utilised when comparing and contrasting evidence obtained during the investigation. The study reveals some correlation between the characteristics of SMEs and the theory for the implementation of EVA®. However, it was found that SMEs lack vital information on value and value creating elements within their businesses for successful implementation of EVA®. The study fills a major gap in identifying and resolving the issue of the value drivers employed in the EVA® performance metric. The study concludes that it may be practical to implement EVA® in SMEs as it can provide information on progress and value creation.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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