Entrepreneurial orientation and knowledge management: Comparing configurations of native and immigrant entrepreneurial firms

MOSTAFIZ, Md Imtiaz, HUGHES, Mathew, SIMEONOVA, Boyka and SAMBASIVAN, Murali (2023). Entrepreneurial orientation and knowledge management: Comparing configurations of native and immigrant entrepreneurial firms. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research.

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Knowledge-intensive entrepreneurial firms succeed when they can better marshal their knowledge resources into productive advantages, necessitating entrepreneurial orientation (EO) and knowledge management (KM) processes of knowledge acquisition, application, conversion and protection. However, configurations of EO and KM processes are unaccounted for in extant theory, and the differences between the operating context of knowledge-intensive entrepreneurial firms are unclear. Therefore, this study investigates the configurational combination of EO and KM processes in two different contexts as native and immigrant entrepreneurial firms. Design/methodology/approach Drawing on the knowledge-based theory, the authors apply fuzzy-set qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) and necessity analysis of QCA (NCA) to data from Malaysian native (N = 185) and immigrant (N = 146) service-oriented entrepreneurial firms. Findings The results demonstrate that immigrant entrepreneurial firms’ performance relies on knowledge processes of knowledge acquisition and application to ensure intelligent effectuation of EO; but for native entrepreneurial firms, the critical knowledge processes for performance success are knowledge conversion and protection. The NCA suggests that EO is critical for both firms; however, conjunctional causations differ based on KM processes. Originality/value This study enriches the emerging knowledge-based theory of the entrepreneurial-oriented firm by advancing the theory and conversation by revealing how EO, KM processes and context link in which the profile of the EO–performance relationship is configurationally dependent. The study advances the knowledge-based theory of entrepreneurially-oriented firms to account for entrepreneurship in context.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1503 Business and Management; Business & Management; 3505 Human resources and industrial relations; 3507 Strategy, management and organisational behaviour
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1108/IJEBR-08-2022-0742
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2023 10:07
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2023 15:00
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/31696

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