Title: Organisational factors that promote entrepreneurship and innovation: an exploratory model

Authors: C. Brooke Dobni

Addresses: Edwards School of Business, University of Saskatchewan, 25 Campus Drive, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, S7N 5A7, Canada

Abstract: In recent years, academic and practitioner interest has focused on developing entrepreneurial and innovative cultures as a method of competitive differentiation. However, much less attention has been devoted to understanding the factors that support an entrepreneurial and innovation orientation (EIO) in organisations. This article describes a model which explicates the EIO construct, and proposes a valid multi-item measure of EIO. The findings suggest that an EIO may best be represented through a model that consists of five factors identified as empowerment, market orientation, strategic infrastructure, context-focused learning, and creativity.

Keywords: entrepreneurship; entrepreneurial orientation; innovation orientation; organisation culture; entrepreneurs; organisational factors; entrepreneurial cultures; innovative cultures; competitive differentiation; multi-item measures; empowerment; market orientation; strategic infrastructures; context-focused learning; creativity.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIL.2012.045175

International Journal of Innovation and Learning, 2012 Vol.11 No.2, pp.182 - 199

Published online: 31 Jan 2012 *

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