The organizational pervasiveness of entrepreneurial orientation

William Wales, Erik Monsen, Alexander Mckelvie

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While 30 years of entrepreneurial orientation (EO) research has demonstrated that EO provides critical insights into questions of organizational-level strategy and performance, how EO manifests inside organizations has received little attention. Instead of assuming that EO is homogenous, we examine the questions of how and why EO might pervade organizations heterogeneously along three dimensions: vertically across hierarchy levels, horizontally across business units, and temporally as an organization develops. We then present three models for how EO can dynamically pervade organizations and discuss how examining the pervasiveness of EO can further our understanding of entrepreneurship as an organizational phenomenon.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)895-923
Number of pages29
JournalEntrepreneurship: Theory and Practice
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Economics and Econometrics


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