Entrepreneurial Orientation in Long-lived Family Firms

Zellweger, Thomas; Sieger, Philipp (2012). Entrepreneurial Orientation in Long-lived Family Firms. Small Business Economics, 38(1), pp. 67-84. Springer 10.1007/s11187-010-9267-6

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We apply a key construct from the entrepreneurship field, entrepreneurial orientation (EO), in the context of long-lived family firms. Our qualitative in-depth case studies show that a permanently high level of the five EO dimensions is not a necessary condition for long-term success, as traditional entrepreneurship and EO literature implicitly suggest. Rather, we claim that the level of EO is dynamically adapted over time and that the original EO scales (autonomy, innovativeness, risk taking, proactiveness, and competitive aggressiveness) do not sufficiently capture the full extent of entrepreneurial behaviors in long-lived family firms. Based on these considerations we suggest extending the existing EO scales to provide a more fine-grained depiction of firm-level corporate entrepreneurship in long-lived family firms.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Business Management > Institute of Innovation Management > Management

UniBE Contributor:

Sieger, Philipp

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics
600 Technology > 650 Management & public relations

ISSN:

1573-0913

Publisher:

Springer

Language:

English

Submitter:

Philipp Sieger

Date Deposited:

27 Jul 2016 12:24

Last Modified:

27 Jul 2016 12:24

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s11187-010-9267-6

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurial orientation, Family firm, Firm survival

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.84184

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/84184

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