Entrepreneurial and learning orientation: effects on growth and profitability in the software sector

Entrepreneurial and learning orientation: effects on growth and profitability in the software sector Purpose – The aim of this paper is to investigate the relationship between entrepreneurial orientation (EO) and learning orientation (LO) separately on two dimensions of performance (profitability and growth). Design/methodology/approach – A sample of 196 Finnish software companies is analyzed using a partial least squares approach. Findings – The paper provides evidence that the effects of entrepreneurial orientation on profitability are mediated by learning oriented behaviors. Furthermore, in contrast to expectations inherited from prior research, LO does not appear to have a similar effect on growth. Research limitations/implications – The paper refers to an empirical study of software companies in Finland. Further research in other countries and industry settings is needed to confirm and extend the results. Practical implications – The results suggest that software company managers in entrepreneurial software firms should develop a culture that includes nurturing learning, in order to support the creation of profitability. Originality/value – The paper extends the prior research by investigating the EO‐LO relationship separately in the growth and profitability dimensions of performance. Furthermore, it provides evidence for the benefits of combining EO with LO in SMEs in the dynamic software industry, while prior studies on the topic have focused on larger organizations. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Baltic Journal of Management Emerald Publishing

Entrepreneurial and learning orientation: effects on growth and profitability in the software sector

Baltic Journal of Management, Volume 8 (1): 17 – Jan 4, 2013

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Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2013 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1746-5265
D.O.I.
10.1108/17465261311291687
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Abstract

Purpose – The aim of this paper is to investigate the relationship between entrepreneurial orientation (EO) and learning orientation (LO) separately on two dimensions of performance (profitability and growth). Design/methodology/approach – A sample of 196 Finnish software companies is analyzed using a partial least squares approach. Findings – The paper provides evidence that the effects of entrepreneurial orientation on profitability are mediated by learning oriented behaviors. Furthermore, in contrast to expectations inherited from prior research, LO does not appear to have a similar effect on growth. Research limitations/implications – The paper refers to an empirical study of software companies in Finland. Further research in other countries and industry settings is needed to confirm and extend the results. Practical implications – The results suggest that software company managers in entrepreneurial software firms should develop a culture that includes nurturing learning, in order to support the creation of profitability. Originality/value – The paper extends the prior research by investigating the EO‐LO relationship separately in the growth and profitability dimensions of performance. Furthermore, it provides evidence for the benefits of combining EO with LO in SMEs in the dynamic software industry, while prior studies on the topic have focused on larger organizations.

Journal

Baltic Journal of ManagementEmerald Publishing

Published: Jan 4, 2013

Keywords: Finland; Small to medium‐sized enterprises; Computer software; Organizational performance; Entrepreneurial orientation; Learning orientation; Software industry

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