Title: Toward the measurement of alliance entrepreneurship: initial scale development and validation

Authors: Ali Davari; Arash Rezazadeh

Addresses: Faculty of Entrepreneurship, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran ' Faculty of Entrepreneurship, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

Abstract: This study attempts to develop and empirically test a measurement instrument assessing alliance entrepreneurship. The proposed scale comprises three dimensions: pre-alliance formation factors, post-alliance formation factors, and alliance performance, each incorporating several sub-dimensions. A series of three studies are implemented to generate an initial pool of items, to test the quality of data, and to purify the proposed scale. Data analysis is conducted in terms of reliability and validity assessment, confirmatory factor analysis (CFA), and also outer and inner model estimation. Employing the structural equation modelling (SEM) technique in both covariance-based and component-based approaches, our findings from a sample of firms in Iran's telecommunication and automotive industries provide strong evidence of reliability and validity, multidimensionality of constructs in second-order hierarchical modes, and the goodness of fit for measurement models as well as the structural model.

Keywords: alliance entrepreneurship; pre-alliance formation factors; alliance performance; entrepreneurial performance; scale development; post-alliance formation factors; strategic alliances; confirmatory factor analysis; CFA; structural equation modelling; SEM; Iran; telecommunications industry; automotive alliances; automobile industry.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMED.2015.070094

International Journal of Management and Enterprise Development, 2015 Vol.14 No.2, pp.103 - 125

Available online: 25 Jun 2015 *

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