The Determinants of Corporate Entrepreneurial Intention within Small and Newly Established Firms
Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Vol. 36, pp. 387–414, 2012
28 Pages Posted: 11 Dec 2008 Last revised: 22 Oct 2014
Date Written: December 8, 2008
In this paper we study the determinants of corporate entrepreneurial intention (CEI) within small and newly established firms. Given that in these ventures entrepreneurial activities usually occur as a result of individuals’ behaviors, the CEI of their founders is key to explaining these companies' ability to become engaged in entrepreneurial actions. Building on the theory of planned behavior, we conceptualize how individual characteristics and contextual variables influence CEI. Our theoretical model of the micro-foundation of CEI is tested on a sample of 200 entrepreneurs, founders of 133 new technology-based firms. Results show that CEI is influenced by situationally specific motivation, individual skills, and perceived environmental dynamism. Managerial implications are discussed.
Keywords: Entrepreneurial intention, Process model, High-tech entrepreneurs, Individual characteristics, Theory of planned behaviour, Common method bias, Structural equation model
JEL Classification: O3
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