Decision Comprehensiveness and Corporate Entrepreneurship: The Moderating Role of Managerial Uncertainty Preferences and Environmental Dynamism

26 Pages Posted: 26 Oct 2009

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Ciaran Bernard Heavey

University of Connecticut - Department of Management

Zeki Simsek

University of Connecticut; University of Connecticut

Frank Roche

University College Dublin (UCD) - Smurfit School of Business

Aidan Kelly

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Abstract

Although comprehensiveness is considered among the most salient and enduring strategic decision-making characteristics in organizations, its influence on firm behaviour has remained elusive. As a first step, our study builds and tests a model that specifies the influence of comprehensiveness on the firm's pursuit of corporate entrepreneurship. Our core argument is that while comprehensiveness helps decision-makers gain the knowledge needed to escape the ignorance and overcome doubt associated with this pursuit, this beneficial influence is conditional upon managerial uncertainty preferences, together with the level of dynamism in the external environment. Findings from a large sample study of CEOs from 349 SMEs provide general support for this argument and associated hypotheses.

Suggested Citation

Heavey, Ciaran Bernard and Simsek, Zeki and Simsek, Zeki and Roche, Frank and Kelly, Aidan, Decision Comprehensiveness and Corporate Entrepreneurship: The Moderating Role of Managerial Uncertainty Preferences and Environmental Dynamism. Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 46, Issue 8, pp. 1289-1314, December 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1492914 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6486.2009.00858.x

Ciaran Bernard Heavey

University of Connecticut - Department of Management ( email )

Storrs, CT 06269-1041
United States

Zeki Simsek

University of Connecticut ( email )

Storrs, CT 06269-1041
United States

University of Connecticut ( email )

Storrs, CT 06269-1063
United States

Frank Roche

University College Dublin (UCD) - Smurfit School of Business ( email )

Blackrock Co, Dublin 4
Ireland
+353 1 716 8820 (Phone)

Aidan Kelly

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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