Individual Entrepreneurial Behavior in Croatian IT Firms: The Contribution of Strategic Thinking Skills

Journal of Information and Organizational Sciences, Vol. 39, No. 2, 2015

19 Pages Posted: 15 Jan 2016 Last revised: 5 Feb 2019

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Lara Jelenc

University of Rijeka - Faculty of Economics

John Pisapia

Florida Atlantic University

Date Written: December 16, 2015

Abstract

This article addresses the contribution of strategic thinking skills in explaining individual entrepreneurial behavior in Croatian IT firms. Strategic thinking skills were assessed according to entrepreneurs’ use of systems thinking, reflecting, and reframing. Individual entrepreneurial behavior was measured by their inclination towards risk-taking, innovativeness, and proactiveness. Our study of 136 IT entrepreneurs in Croatia confirmed that entrepreneurs with a more developed use of strategic thinking skills exhibit stronger entrepreneurial behaviors. In fact, proactiveness as an element of IEB had a strong relation to all components of strategic thinking skills. Systems thinking as an element of strategic thinking skills showed to be a predictor of all individual entrepreneurial behavior elements.

Keywords: entrepreneurs, individual entrepreneurial behavior, strategic thinking skills, strategic entrepreneurship, proactiveness, systems thinking, Croatia, IT

JEL Classification: M30

Suggested Citation

Jelenc, Lara and Pisapia, John, Individual Entrepreneurial Behavior in Croatian IT Firms: The Contribution of Strategic Thinking Skills (December 16, 2015). Journal of Information and Organizational Sciences, Vol. 39, No. 2, 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2715102

Lara Jelenc (Contact Author)

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John Pisapia

Florida Atlantic University ( email )

Educational Leadership
Boca Raton, FL 33431
United States

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