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The impact of working capital management onfirm profitability in different business cycles: evidence from Finland
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Business School, Finance.
2014 (English)In: Research In International Business and Finance, ISSN 0275-5319, Vol. 32, 36-49 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The recent economic downturn of 2007–2008 has brought renewed focus on working capital policies. In this paper we examine the role of business cycles on the working capital–profitability relationship using a sample of Finnish listed companies over an 18-year period. We find the impact of business cycle on the working capital–profitability relationship is more pronounced in economic downturns relative to economic booms. We further show that the significance of efficient inventory management and accounts receivables conversion periods increase during periods of economic downturns. Our results demonstrate that active working capital management matters and, thus, should be included in firms’ financial planning.

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Elsevier, 2014. Vol. 32, 36-49 p.
Keyword [en]
Business cycles; Working capital; Profitability
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Business Administration
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Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-103488DOI: 10.1016/j.ribaf.2014.03.005OAI: diva2:718100
Available from: 2014-05-19 Created: 2014-05-19 Last updated: 2014-05-20Bibliographically approved

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