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Entrepreneurial Orientation and the Performance of Religious Congregations as Predicted by Rational Choice Theory

30 Pages Posted: 6 Jan 2010  

John A. Pearce II

affiliation not provided to SSRN

David Fritz

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Peter S. Davis

University of Memphis - Fogelman College of Business and Economics

Abstract

Empirical and anecdotal evidence suggests that businesses that act with an entrepreneurial orientation enjoy superior performance. Our research investigates whether nonprofit, religious congregations can benefit from similar initiatives. We based our hypotheses on the Rational Choice Theory of Religion, which was developed by social scientists to bring economic analysis to the understanding of the effects of competition among nonprofit organizations. Using a sample of 250 religious congregations in five different geographical markets, an entrepreneurial orientation is found to be positively associated with organizational performance. A hypothesized interaction effect between environmental munificence and entrepreneurial orientation is assessed.

Suggested Citation

Pearce II, John A. and Fritz, David and Davis, Peter S., Entrepreneurial Orientation and the Performance of Religious Congregations as Predicted by Rational Choice Theory. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Vol. 34, Issue 1, pp. 219-248, January 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1531929 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1540-6520.2009.00315.x

John A. Pearce II (Contact Author)

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David Fritz

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Peter S. Davis

University of Memphis - Fogelman College of Business and Economics

Memphis, TN 38152
United States

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