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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Botha, Gerhard
URN etd-03302010-120841
Document Title Regulation : its impact on senior management decision-making and the growth of public companies
Degree MBA
Department Gordon Institute of Business Science
Advisor Name Title
Dr M Adonisi Supervisor
  • economic development
Date 2007-04-06
Availability unrestricted

Various surveys conclude that regulation stifles the growth of South African SMEs. It is not known how regulation impacts on public companies.

The literature identified certain unintended consequences of regulation that result in companiesí growth being stifled. Elements of an ideal strategic response that would prevent regulation from stifling companiesí growth were also identified. The perceptions of fifteen compliance officers in public companies were tested as to whether there was evidence of firstly, the presence in public companies of the unintended consequences identified in the literature and secondly, elements of the ideal strategic response. The research process consisted of a gathering of data through face-to-face interviews and a questionnaire. Snowball sampling was used to select compliance officers in public companies for interviews. Data was analyzed through a combination of content and frequency distribution analysis.

The study confirmed that regulation does stifle the growth of public companies, but for different reasons than reported in the literature. Whilst some elements of the ideal strategic response were identified, companiesí overall strategic response to the regulatory environment can be improved upon. The conclusion of the research is that companies can thrive in the regulatory environment if the ideal strategic response, which was developed through the study, is adopted. Lessons learned from the research are discussed and recommendations for companies and regulators are indicated.

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Please cite as follows:

Botha, G 2006, Regulation : its impact on senior management decision-making and the growth of public companies, MBA dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-03302010-120841/ >


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