Structural and relational interdependence and entrepreneurial orientation in small and medium-sized enterprises: the mediating role of internal knowledge-sharing

Dirk De Clercq, Dimo Dimov, Naronsak Tek Thongpapanl

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Abstract

This article examines the intermediary role of internal knowledge-sharing in the relationship between two aspects of small and medium-sized enterprises’ (SMEs) internal organisational context: structural and relational interdependence and their entrepreneurial orientation (EO). With a sample of 146 SMEs, the structural equation modelling results show that higher levels of internal knowledge-sharing associate with stronger EO, and that such knowledge-sharing derives from higher levels of task and reward interdependence, as well as from higher levels of social interaction and trust. The findings also reveal that internal knowledge-sharing fully mediates the relationships between SMEs’ task interdependence and trust with EO. The article contributes to research by highlighting several features of SMEs’ internal environment that can be used to enhance their entrepreneurial postures.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)514-536
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Small Business Journal
Volume33
Issue number5
Early online date13 Nov 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2015

Keywords

  • entrepreneurial orientation
  • knowledge-sharing
  • relational interdependence
  • SMEs
  • structural interdependence

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