Understanding factors that trigger entrepreneurial behavior in established companies

Michael H. Morris, Shaker A. Zahra, Minet Schindehutte

Research output: Chapter in Book/Entry/PoemChapter

9 Scopus citations


This chapter examines the factors that promote entrepreneurial projects in established companies. A set of forty triggers is proposed and ways in which triggers can be classified are suggested. A conceptual model links types of triggers to specific types of entrepreneurial projects and to outcomes. To test the model, surveys were conducted with companies in South Africa and the United States. The results for the two samples are similar, and indicate that triggers tend to be more internal and planned, that the type of trigger is related to how innovative the projects tend to be, and that planned entrepreneurship is associated with greater success.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEntrepreneurship and economic growth in the American economy
PublisherJAI Press
Number of pages27
ISBN (Print)0762306890, 9780762306893
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameAdvances in the Study of Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Economic Growth
ISSN (Print)1048-4736

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
  • Finance
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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