Entrepreneurial orientation and firm performance in Italian firms: The moderating role of competitive strategy
|dc.identifier.citation||Galbreath, J. and Lucianetti, L. and Thomas, B. and Tisch, D. 2020. Entrepreneurial orientation and firm performance in Italian firms: The moderating role of competitive strategy. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research. 26 (4): pp. 629-646.|
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Purpose: Considering that context is important and relying on a contingency perspective, the purpose of the study is to analyze the relationship between an entrepreneurial orientation (EO) and firm performance in one of the world's oldest economies: Italy. The contingency perspective relies on competitive strategy as a moderating variable. Design/methodology/approach: Using a mix of primary and secondary data sources, relationships are explored in a sample of 229 Italian for-profit firms. Moderated regression analysis is used for the sample and additional tests are conducted by firm size groupings. Findings: The analysis suggests that an EO is positively associated with firm performance in the sample firms. Further, competitive strategy acts as a moderating influence: a low-cost strategy negatively influences the relationship, while a differentiation strategy positively influences the relationship. The firm size groupings do not appear to affect the results. Research limitations/implications: The study examines only for-profit firms in a single country, Italy; therefore, generalizability is limited. The results must be interpreted in light of these limitations. Originality/value: This study contributes to the entrepreneurship literature by considering a relatively new international context in the EO–firm performance relationship. Further, a new contingency perspective is advanced by considering competitive strategy. In doing so, this study extends an understanding of the conditions under which an EO might be associated with firm performance.
|dc.publisher||EMERALD GROUP PUBLISHING LTD|
|dc.subject||Business & Economics|
|dc.title||Entrepreneurial orientation and firm performance in Italian firms: The moderating role of competitive strategy|
|dcterms.source.title||International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research|
|curtin.department||School of Management|
|curtin.accessStatus||Fulltext not available|
|curtin.faculty||Faculty of Business and Law|
|curtin.contributor.orcid||Galbreath, Jeremy [0000-0002-1727-7618]|
|curtin.contributor.orcid||Thomas, Ben [0000-0003-3356-8957]|
|curtin.contributor.scopusauthorid||Galbreath, Jeremy |
|curtin.contributor.scopusauthorid||Thomas, Ben |
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