A large body of research has exhibited the positive effect of entrepreneurial orientation (EO) on firm performance. However, research that attempts to explore what happens to high EO firms when they mature is sorely needed. Every firm establishes a heritage over time that impacts future capabilities. In the current research, we build on the international business literature to examine how a firm’s administrative heritage moderates the long-term effects of the EO-performance relationship, examined through the firm’s asset specificity, founder tenure, and home culture embeddedness. From this, implications are derived for EO retention and the firm’s awareness of administrative heritage and how to shape it to their advantage.
Cowden, Birton; Tang, Jintong; and Bendickson, Josh
"The Maturing of Entrepreneurial Firms: Entrepreneurial Orientation, Firm Performance, and Administrative Heritage,"
New England Journal of Entrepreneurship:
2, Article 4.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.sacredheart.edu/neje/vol19/iss2/4