Title: Developing a measurement for strategic entrepreneurship by linking its dimensions to competitiveness in knowledge-based firms

Authors: Mohammad Javad Naeiji; Seyed Hossein Siadat

Addresses: Group of Entrepreneurship Management, Department of Management and Accounting, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran ' Group of IT-Management, Department of Management and Accounting, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran

Abstract: Although there are various definitions of strategic entrepreneurship and there is consensus about its importance, most researchers do not take into account the unique characteristics of this construct. The aim of this study was to develop a strategic entrepreneurship questionnaire and investigate how the dimensions of this measuring tool relate to the competitiveness of knowledge-based firms. The questionnaire was developed in four phases: a literature review, use of existing questionnaires to prepare the initial items, use of focus groups to evaluate the items and evaluation of the validity and reliability of the questionnaire. Factor analysis revealed that five factors, continuous innovation, opportunity-based mindset, proactive behaviour, risk-taking and value creation, explained 68.8% of the variance. These dimensions have positive effects on the competitiveness of knowledge-based firms. The findings of this research present an insight into the concept of strategic entrepreneurship and provide a tool for measuring strategic entrepreneurship for researchers and managers of organisations.

Keywords: entrepreneurship management; strategic entrepreneurship; competitiveness; knowledge-based firms.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBIR.2019.096895

International Journal of Business Innovation and Research, 2019 Vol.18 No.1, pp.1 - 18

Received: 03 May 2017
Accepted: 09 Oct 2017

Published online: 13 Dec 2018 *

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