Journal of Business and Management Sciences. 2021, 9(4), 165-180
DOI: 10.12691/JBMS-9-4-3
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Accomplishing Organisational Turnaround through a Repositioning Strategy in a Manufacturing Context in Kenya

Beatrice A. Oduor1, , James M. Kilika1 and Anne W. Muchemi1

1Department of Business Administration, School of Business, Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya

Pub. Date: November 26, 2021

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Beatrice A. Oduor, James M. Kilika and Anne W. Muchemi. Accomplishing Organisational Turnaround through a Repositioning Strategy in a Manufacturing Context in Kenya. Journal of Business and Management Sciences. 2021; 9(4):165-180. doi: 10.12691/JBMS-9-4-3


The study investigated how a repositioning strategy can be applied to achieve the goals of a turnaround strategy. Thus, the study sought to establish the effect of a repositioning strategy on performance of large manufacturing firms based in Kenya that adopted a turnaround strategy. The study responded to calls to address existing gaps in the literature on both theoretical and conceptual scopes as well as the bias in extant research focusing on customer perspective in the operationalization of a repositioning strategy. The study drew from the RBV and the strategic choice theories and operationalized the repositioning construct into three indicators. The study was done as a descriptive survey of 107 large manufacturing firms in Kenya with data being obtained from functional level managers. The study found that the repositioning strategy was practiced by the firms within a range of moderate to very high extent. Network relationship and internal process control dimensions of the strategy were found to have a significant positive statistical effect on performance of the sampled firms. The findings provide evidence of complementarity between the RBV and strategic choice theories and raise implications for strategic management practice based on anchorage of strategic thinking orientation among firms.


repositioning strategy, network relationships, internal process control, corporate rebranding, firm performance


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