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Configuration analysis of influencing factors of operating efficiency based on fsQCA: evidence from China’s property insurance industry

Zhiguang Li (School of Management, Hefei University of Technology, Hefei, China)
Yaokuang Li (School of Management, Hefei University of Technology, Hefei, China)
Wei Zhang (School of Information Engineering, Anhui University of Chinese Medicine, Hefei, China)

Chinese Management Studies

ISSN: 1750-614X

Article publication date: 8 March 2021

Abstract

Purpose

Based on the perspective of complexity theory, the operation process of property insurance companies can be regarded as a complex dynamic nonlinear chaotic system. This paper aims to measure the operating efficiency of 29 Chinese domestic property and casualty (P&C) companies and 18 foreign-invested P&C companies from 2011 to 2017 and outline the path to achieving high-quality development.

Design/methodology/approach

The data were obtained from the Chinese Insurance Yearbook and China Statistical Yearbook 2012–2018. The data envelopment analysis method was used to calculate the technical efficiency of property insurance companies and fuzzy set qualitative comparative analysis is used for configuration analysis of determinants affecting technical efficiency.

Findings

This paper founds the average technical efficiency of Chinese domestic P&C insurance companies was 0.914 and that of foreign-invested P&C insurance companies was 0.895. The average total factor productivity of Chinese domestic P&C insurance companies was 1.058 and that of foreign-invested P&C insurance companies was 1.051. There were three modes to improve the company’s technical efficiency, with high loss ratio and low reinsurance ratio, poor employee education and higher leverage ratio and high leverage ratio and low reinsurance ratio as the core conditions.

Originality/value

This study puts forward four applicable, targeted and proven ways to improve the technical efficiency of China’s P&C insurance industry. These configurations were verified by the cases of existing property insurance companies, which can provide practical references for the insurance industry.

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Acknowledgements

Anhui Department of Education, To Be Revealed.

Funding: The study was supported by Social Science Foundation of Anhui Provincial Education Department (Grant number: SK2020A0235).

Citation

Li, Z., Li, Y. and Zhang, W. (2021), "Configuration analysis of influencing factors of operating efficiency based on fsQCA: evidence from China’s property insurance industry", Chinese Management Studies, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/CMS-04-2020-0151

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