Exploring the Relationship between Strategic Adaptability and Entrepreneurial Orientation: The Role of Structure-Style Fit

14 Pages Posted: 17 Dec 2008 Last revised: 11 May 2014

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Kimberly M. Green

Indiana University - Kelley School of Business

Jeffrey G. Covin

Indiana University - Kelley School of Business - Management & Entrepreneurship

Dennis P. Slevin

University of Pittsburgh

Date Written: December 3, 2008

Abstract

Strategic adaptability and an entrepreneurial orientation (EO) are commonly depicted as desirable organizational qualities. This paper explores the relationship between strategic adaptability and EO as well as the moderating effect of structure-style fit on this relationship. Data collected from 110 manufacturing firms indicate that strategic adaptability is weakly related to EO. However, firms that exhibit greater alignment between their organization structures and top management decision-making styles tend to have more positive strategic adaptability-EO relationships.

Keywords: Entrepreneurship

JEL Classification: M13

Suggested Citation

Green, Kimberly M. and Covin, Jeffrey G. and Slevin, Dennis Patrick, Exploring the Relationship between Strategic Adaptability and Entrepreneurial Orientation: The Role of Structure-Style Fit (December 3, 2008). Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC) 2006 Paper; Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1310910 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1310910

Kimberly M. Green (Contact Author)

Indiana University - Kelley School of Business ( email )

1309 East Tenth Street
Indianapolis, IN 47405-1701
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Jeffrey G. Covin

Indiana University - Kelley School of Business - Management & Entrepreneurship ( email )

Bloomington, IN 47405
United States

Dennis Patrick Slevin

University of Pittsburgh ( email )

135 N Bellefield Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
United States

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