Academic Logic and Corporate Entrepreneurial Intentions: A Study of the Interaction between Cognitive and Institutional Factors in New Firms
International Small Business Journal, 34(5) 637–659, 2016
23 Pages Posted: 10 Feb 2015 Last revised: 28 Jul 2016
Date Written: February 10, 2015
By focusing on the context in which new firms are established, this article studies the extent to which corporate entrepreneurial intentions are enacted differently by academic and nonacademic entrepreneurs. Using constructs from cognitive research and exploiting the theory of institutional logics, we observe that academic entrepreneurs, notwithstanding their engagement in entrepreneurship, still implement their corporate entrepreneurial intentions acting in accordance with the academic institutional environment they belong to. Using a matched-pairs research design, our results show that academic entrepreneurs (compared to non-academic ones) leverage their awareness of technical competencies significantly more, and their entrepreneurial self-efficacy and awareness of managerial skills considerably less. We discuss the theoretical and managerial implications related to how cognitive and institutional factors interact to foster entrepreneurial value in newly established firms.
Keywords: Academic Entrepreneurship, NTBF, Institutional Logics, Corporate Entrepreneurial Intentions, Matched-Pairs Research Design
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