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National Research University Higher School of EconomicsStudent ThesesTypologisation of International Fashion Retailers by Clasterization of Data Envelopment Analysis Results of Efficiency Indicators”

Student
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Aleksandra Kim
Typologisation of International Fashion Retailers by Clasterization of Data Envelopment Analysis Results of Efficiency Indicators”
Faculty of Management
Master’s programme
2014
This paper is seeks to create the new typology of the international fashion retailers through definition of clusters of companies with the same type of performance and identifying the relationship between efficiency type and type of organizational strategic behavior in the industry.Purpose and tasks. The purpose of this research paper is to test the applicability of the Data Envelopment Analysis and cluster analysis to classify organizations in the international fashion retail industry, construction of typology of companies and identifying the relationship between the observed types of efficiency and strategic behavior of companies.To archive the purpose of this research the following tasks have been established:1. to analyze the existing classifications of organizations by type of strategic behavior ;2. to identify the features of the fashion retail industry;3. to describe the methods of research: Data Envelopment Analysis and cluster analysis;4. to develop a typology of organizations in the international fashion retail industry, based on results of Data Envelopment Analysis and cluster analysis (by identifying same or similar characteristics of allocated in particular cluster organizations);5. to identify the relation /absence of it between type of strategic behavior and belonging to particular cluster (efficiency type).Object of research. Object of research is the largest companies operating on the international fashion retail market.Subject of research. The subject of this research is a method of classification and typologization of organizations in retail fashion industry.Research Methodology. This study was conducted by using a consecutive application of the two methods of analysis. At the first stage all the companies in the sample have received the estimation of their efficiency by implementing the Data Envelopment Analysis, under given conditions of constant returns on the model parameters and solving the problem of maximizing the output parameters. On the second stage was conducted a cluster analysis of the DEA results by using the k-medians method and Euclidean distance calculation.Results. Based on the results of the empirical part of the research, the sample of companies has been divided into 8 isolated clusters that formed the basis of the typology of organizations in the international fashion retail industry. Each type of companies has been assign to a certain strategy type. Thus, the developed typology allows with a certain probability to determine by analyzing organizations characteristics the type of realizing strategies.

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