Firm-level entrepreneurship and the internationalization of small and medium-sized enterprises
2013 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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
Economics and Business
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-98274DOI: 10.3384/lic.diva-98274Local ID: LiU-TEK-Lic-2013:57ISBN: 978-91-7519‐497-4OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-98274DiVA: diva2:653898
2013-10-14, ACAS. A-huset, Campus Valla, Linköpings universitet, Linköping, 13:15 (English)
Holm, Desirée, Associate Professor
Dadfar, Hossein, ProfessorBrege, Staffan, Professor
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