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The contribution of entrepreneurial orientation to the corporate performance: A deeper understanding
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. (internationalization)
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Industrial Marketing and Industrial Economics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. (Internationalization)
2012 (English)In: Proceedings  of International Trade and Academic Research Conference (ITARC), 2012Conference paper, Presentation (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Entrepreneurial Orientation (EO) becomes a very popular construct among entrepreneurship researchers and studying its connection with corporate performance has been in the center of attention for three decades. In spite of its popularity, there is a little consistency about the EO-performance connection among empirical studies. To deal with this inconsistency, researchers have introduced more comprehensive models of EO-performance relationship, which includes moderator and mediator factors. Former researchers also suggested employing more complicated research methods such as multi-case study or mix design to infer a deeper understanding of the EOPerformance connection.

In this paper, we recruit a mix research design that incorporates survey and multi-case study to examine the contribution of EO to the corporate performance. To represent a more comprehensive model of EO-performance connection, the most popular previous moderators include environment dynamism and environment hostility are considered.

By integrating qualitative and quantitative data, a more dynamic model of EOPerformance is presented that is consist of time of enabling, business and personal networks and transmition of EO. The EO transmission mechanism is added to the model as a new mechanism that explains the transmitting of EO from a more powerful actor (supplier, costumer or competitor) to a weaker company through formal or informal contracts or partnerships.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Keyword [en]
EO, Corporate Performance, EO Transmission Mechanism, Time of Enabling, and business and Personal Networks
National Category
Economics and Business
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-98273OAI: diva2:653891
The European Entrepreneurship: How Entrepreneurs (Should) Act in Global Business Environment, Fifth Anniversary International Conference, 9 -11 September, 2013, Albena, Varna, Bulgaria
Available from: 2013-10-07 Created: 2013-10-07 Last updated: 2013-10-07Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Firm-level entrepreneurship and the internationalization of small and medium-sized enterprises
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Firm-level entrepreneurship and the internationalization of small and medium-sized enterprises
2013 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

During the last decade, firm-level entrepreneurship as an important phenomenon that may influence the corporate performance, attracted the attention of many researchers and a number of measurements were developed to gauge the entrepreneurial intensity at the firm level such as entrepreneurial orientation, corporate entrepreneurship, and entrepreneurial management. EO and CE found more popularity and researchers employed them to investigate the phenomenon of firm-level entrepreneurship.

Incrementally, a contradiction was emerged in the literature regarding the proper measurement of FLE. A number of studies recommended  integrating EO and CE in a more comprehensive measurement to develop a deeper understanding of firms’ entrepreneurial intensity. In fact, EO and CE complement each other. While the former focuses on the proclivity of firms to have entrepreneurial behaviors and activities, the latter is the output- based construct and points out to the actual entrepreneurial actions such as innovation, venturing and strategic renewal.

This study develops an integrative model of EO and CE to classify the companies in four different categories includes non-entrepreneurial, forced-entrepreneurial, latent-entrepreneurial, and actual entrepreneurial firms. The primary objective of the study is to investigate if the actual entrepreneurial firms show the higher degrees of internationalization or not.

The research has performed in two different steps to confirm the integrative model and testify the research hypotheses. In the first step, the multi-case study approach is primarily applied to investigate if the model categorizes companies that are actually different or not. To conduct this step, four companies were selected that each one was the representative of a unique category of the model. Then deep interviews were performed to assess their behaviors on some especial characteristics, which were previously mentioned as the different characteristics of entrepreneurial versus non-entrepreneurial firms. To testify the research hypotheses, a questionnaire was designed that was included of questions, which were applied and validated by former studies.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2013. 109 p.
Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Thesis, ISSN 0280-7971 ; 1623
National Category
Economics and Business
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-98274 (URN)10.3384/lic.diva-98274 (DOI)LiU-­TEK-­Lic-2013:57 (Local ID)978-91-­7519‐497-­4 (ISBN)LiU-­TEK-­Lic-2013:57 (Archive number)LiU-­TEK-­Lic-2013:57 (OAI)
2013-10-14, ACAS. A-huset, Campus Valla, Linköpings universitet, Linköping, 13:15 (English)
Available from: 2013-10-07 Created: 2013-10-07 Last updated: 2014-05-08Bibliographically approved

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