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  • The Global ETD Search service is a free service for researchers to find electronic theses and dissertations. This service is provided by the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations.
    Our metadata is collected from universities around the world. If you manage a university/consortium/country archive and want to be added, details can be found on the NDLTD website.

Exploring Entrepreneurial Orientation Conceptualization in the Restaurant Industry

She, Jia, Xu, Guanglun January 2012 (has links)
While the restaurant industry plays an important role in the economy, research on entrepreneurial orientation has largely focused on manufacturing firms. Current conceptualization of EO fail to adequately consider the unique characteristics of EO and the context within which they must operate. As such, little guidance has been provided regarding its application in other contexts such as the restaurant business. The purpose of this article is to help explore the conceptualization of EO in the restaurant sector and bridge the research gap. In order to achieve this aim, we first review existing literature of EO and its measurement and industry research that related to entrepreneurship. Then a discussion of five entrepreneurial restaurants is presented in the framework of EO multidimensional construct suggested by Dess and Lumpkin. Based on the exploration, a new construct to measure EO is introduced. Finally, it addresses implication for future EO-related research in this field.

Entrepreneurial potential amongst scholars in selected Afrikaans high schools

Van der Berg, Andre 04 May 2009 (has links)

Characteristics that identify the intracorporate entrepreneur (intrapreneur)

Van Greunen, Jeanette 04 June 2014 (has links)
M.Com. (Business Management) / Please refer to full text to view abstract

The environmental determinants of corporate entrepreneurship

Mokoena, Bakae Aubrey 22 August 2012 (has links)
M.Comm. / The overall purpose of this study is to attain an understanding of the determinants and real driving forces in the environment that can either impede 8 or enhance corporate entrepreneurship. To achieve this purpose, the following objectives are set: The first objective is to look at the nature, differences and links between entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship, and thus to assess and to look at intrapreneurship as a strategic management tool to maintain organisational competitiveness and to innovate constantly. Secondly to achieve a clear understanding of the external or macro environment in which intrapreneurship will flourish or decay. The purpose is to categorise and analyse the roles played by these almost uncontrollable variables on intrapreneurial behaviour. The third objective of this study is to identify some of the most important internal or micro-environmental factors (within the individual organisation) promoting or impeding intrapreneurship within that organisation. A last objective is to conclude on the major findings of the study and to propose some recommendations

A study of growth and entrepreneurship of a small organisation in the automotive industry of South Africa

White, Andrew Stephen January 2010 (has links)
The strategy of the organisation and its entrepreneur’s expectations of the organisation should be aligned in order to create an environment in which all entrepreneurs are motivated and work towards common goals. Furthermore, the entrepreneur’s life stages and personal life plans should be synchronised with the needs of the organisation to achieve the goals. As organisations pass through different stages of growth; they require different resources to assist in progression to next stages. As with organisations and their growth phases; entrepreneurs also undergo growth stages in many different areas of their lives. Entrepreneurs being individuals each have their own set of characteristics in terms of personality, leadership style, entrepreneurship type, skills, life stage and career stages. The challenge of an organisation is to create a strategy that best matches the expectations of all the entrepreneurs and members. The resources of the organisation need to be aligned in order to achieve the common strategy. The problem is as to how the organisation makes use of its leaders and entrepreneurs to achieve strategy; and how does it deal with inconsistencies in goals of entrepreneurs and shortfalls of specific skills or resources that it will require to sustain or grow the organisation?

Entrepreneur : dead or dying?

Ciccozzi, Gary Wayne January 1970 (has links)
It was the objective of this thesis to examine both the entrepreneur and entrepreneurial activities from a behavioral viewpoint. Essentially, this was an attempt to establish a perspective of this type of individual, which would be dyanmic, adaptable to a broad range of entrepreneurial situations, and devoid of many of the conceptual limitations often applied to the entrepreneur and his activities. It was assumed as a basis for reasoning that the establishment of this perspective would allow the entrepreneur to be seen as continuing his role as a vital force in economic growth in an age of rapid change and relative non-permanence. It is an age characterized among other things by increasingly large scale organizations, emphasis on efficiency, and an evolving social ethic. The study itself is broad in its acceptance of ideas from other sources. Accordingly, the steps following in the investigation were as follows: (1) A definitive outline was developed of hypothesized entrepreneurial functions, motivations, attitudes, and behavior patterns. This outline was based on selected studies of the traditional independent entrepreneur in particular and other studies making reference to the entrepreneurial type individual in general. (2) An examination was made of various structural and operational features often associated with relatively large scale organizations, and deemed to be potentially consuming to individualistic entrepreneurial type behavior. It was intended that this examination establish a perspective of the large scale business organization which would facilitate the understanding of the development of the organizational entrepreneurial type individual. The examination itself was based on selected studies of management and large scale organizations. (3) A comparative presentation was made of an hypothesized organizational entrepreneur based on the findings of selected studies of a particular managerial mode of behavior in large business organizations. The presentation was made in such a way as to be easily comparable with the definitive outline of the entrepreneur provided previously, and was qualified by certain organizational features examined in the thesis prior to this comparative presentation. (4) An examination was made of entrepreneurial evolution from the viewpoint of its value to the attainment of the goals of a free enterprise Western society. The examination was based on the hypothesis that the appearance of the organizational entrepreneur represented entrepreneurial evolution. Selected studies arguing evolution of the business sector and the managerial requirements of this process of change were used as references. (5) A presentation was made of possible methods of encouraging the development of the entrepreneurial type individual by aligning the methods of encouragement with the motivations, attitudes, and behavior patterns hypothesized as being entrepreneurial throughout the thesis. The general conclusions arrived at in this thesis are that: (1) There is a similarity in the motivations, attitudes, and behavior patterns with respect to business activity, between the traditional independent entrepreneur as defined in this thesis and a type of executive defined as an organizational entrepreneur in this thesis and found in large scale business organizations. (2) The basic similarities in the motivations, attitudes, and behavior patterns of the traditional independent entrepreneur as defined and the organizational entrepreneur as defined, indicate that the entrepreneur is subject to a process of evolution just as is the business environment. (3) It is both beneficial and possible to encourage the development of the organizational entrepreneurial type individual by understanding and appealing to the motivations, attitudes, and behavior patterns of this type of individual. / Business, Sauder School of / Graduate

Identifying Cross-Country Key Drivers of Social Entrepreneurial Activity

Bravo Monge, Cris 12 June 2018 (has links)
<p> Governmental and philanthropic efforts alone are not sufficient to eradicate poverty. The world needs new frameworks that enable sustainable development by integrating the economic, social and environmental dimensions, and social entrepreneurship is of great interest because it has the capacity for facilitating societal change by fostering innovative ways to address social inequality, unemployment, and climate change. Precisely because social entrepreneurship lays at the intersection of the business and nonprofit worlds, it is a complex phenomenon, and there are many unknowns regarding how the convergence of these dimensions can be understood and managed at cross-national levels. </p><p> To investigate this phenomenon, this study used a mixed-methods sequential explanatory design to investigate the correlates of social entrepreneurship among a sample of 55 countries for which sufficient data existed. Specifically, regression analysis was first used to identify the significant socioeconomic factors that explained variation in social entrepreneurial activities both broadly and narrowly defined; then, through in-depth individual interviews with government officials and focus groups composed of social entrepreneurs, the study explored how the quantitative findings manifested in the social entrepreneurial activities in Colombia and Mexico. </p><p> Results from the regression analysis revealed the existence of different correlates for the broad and narrow definitions of social entrepreneurial activity. For example, social entrepreneurial activity broadly defined was positively associated with a well-educated labor force and the stock of immigrants, and negatively associated with long-term unemployment and the growth of carbon dioxide emissions. Narrowly defined social entrepreneurial activity, however, was positively associated with taxes on income, profit and capital gains, and the perceived standard of living in a country, while negatively associated with the growth of carbon dioxide emissions. The cases of Colombia and Mexico added detail on how these factors manifest themselves through the characteristics of the entrepreneur, business, and ecosystem. </p><p> In addition to making practical and theoretical contributions to the field of social entrepreneurship by identifying and validating the socioeconomic factors that correlate with the social entrepreneurial activity in countries, the study may help governments manage social entrepreneurship more efficiently and effectively, improving the rate of return on the resources invested in this activity. </p><p>

Die kontekstualisering van entrepreneurskap

18 August 2009 (has links)

An exploratory study of the influence of leadership on SMEs survival in Nigeria

Fajuyigbe, Kolade Elijah 24 February 2017 (has links)
<p> The failure rates of SMEs (small and medium enterprises) in developing countries have been very high, with many of them closing down within the first five years of operation. The research method was qualitative. The research design was a descriptive case study design assisted in the exploration of the influence of leadership on SMEs survival in Lagos, Nigeria. The multiple cases involved 20 SMEs in Lagos, Nigeria with a purposive sample of 20 participants. The exploration of the influence of leadership on SMEs survival involved in-depth semi-structured interviews, direct observations, and artifacts for data triangulation. The data collection and analysis provided findings that revealed leadership practices for replication regarding SMEs survival. Data analysis included the use of NVivo 10&reg; software resulting in four major themes and 24 sub themes. Four major themes were: (a) leadership experience perspective on SMEs survival, (b) leadership practices perspective on SMEs survival, (c) business practices perspective on SMEs survival, and (d) sustainable practices perspective on SMEs survival. Five of the 24 sub themes were: (a) listen to learn, (b) performance, (c) recognition,(d), skills renewal, and (e) value-driven. The recommendation for SME owners/managers and leaders in the private, public, and academic sectors is to embrace leadership styles and leadership development practices that will assist in SMEs survival. The diverse perspectives from males and female leaders provided multiple data sources achieving triangulation. The study revealed that SME owners/managers should have leadership experiences, demonstrate leadership practices, develop and employ business practices, and sustainable leadership practices.</p>

The coevolution of technology firms and founders

Joshi, Vikas Vasudeo 16 November 2016 (has links)
<p> Prior research cannot explain the surprising fact that some technology firms attain spectacular growth with seemingly inexperienced founders at the helm. Informed by a cognitivist perspective, prior research in entrepreneurship explores founders' epistemology, such as knowledge and skills, and investigates their interaction with firms to explain their influence on firm growth. This framing misses the reciprocal influence between firm growth and founder development. In contrast, informed by a sociocultural perspective, my research investigates the founder&rsquo;s ontology and the mutual constitution of the founder and the firm. My research draws on practice theory and uses habitus as a sensitizing concept. I build a theory that explains how the dispositional toolkit of a founder evolves with, and contributes to, firm growth. Based on three in-depth case studies of technology companies, I show how technology firms and their founders coevolved. These firms influenced the development of their founders when they used founders as resources in different aspects of business and placed them in changing relationships with others. In turn, tech founders influenced the growth trajectory of their firms when they performed day-to-day practices of business. My grounded theory suggests that founders and firms coevolve in a mutually constitutive relationship. Firm growth changes the conditions under which business practices occur. The founder develops by becoming the resource the changing contexts demand. Furthermore, a growing firm deposits new dispositions in the founder. In practice, situational cues activate a specific disposition, regulating how the founder improvises. The founder&rsquo;s improvisation in turn influences firm growth. My study advances entrepreneurship research, accounting for structural influences as well as human agency, thus contributing to a previously missing understanding of the coevolution of founders and firms. My study also contributes to practice by producing insights into founder development and firm growth that are relevant for entrepreneurs, board members, and educators. </p><p> Keywords: entrepreneurial learning, entrepreneurship, firm growth, founder development, habitus, high technology venture, leadership, leadership development, organizational development, practice theory, startup.</p>

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