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Impact of relatedness, uncertainty and slack on corporate entrepreneurship decisions

Robert Garrett (Department of Entrepreneurship, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, USA)
Shaunn Mattingly (Department of Management, Boise State University, Boise, Idaho, USA)
Jeff Hornsby (Global Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, University of Missouri Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri, USA)
Alireza Aghaey (Department of Entrepreneurship, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, USA)

Management Decision

ISSN: 0025-1747

Article publication date: 8 June 2020

Issue publication date: 20 May 2021

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effect of opportunity relatedness and uncertainty on the decision of a corporate entrepreneur to pursue a venturing opportunity.

Design/methodology/approach

The study uses a conjoint experimental design to reveal the structure of respondents' decision policies. Data were gathered from 47 useable replies from corporate entrepreneurs and were analyzed with hierarchical linear modeling (HLM).

Findings

Results show that product relatedness, market relatedness, perceived certainty about expected outcomes and slack resources all have a positive effect on the willingness of a corporate entrepreneur to pursue a new venture idea. Moreover, slack was found to diminish the positive effect of product relatedness on the likelihood to pursue a venturing opportunity.

Practical implications

By providing a better understanding of decision-making schemas of corporate entrepreneurs, the findings of this study help improve the practice of entrepreneurship at the organizational level. In order to make more accurate opportunity assessments, corporate entrepreneurs need to be aware of their cognitive strategies and need to factor in the salient criteria affecting such assessments.

Originality/value

This paper adds to the limited understanding of corporate-level decision-making with regard to pursuing venturing opportunities. More specifically, the paper adds new insights regarding how relatedness and uncertainty affect new venture opportunity assessments in the presence (or lack thereof) of slack resources.

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Citation

Garrett, R., Mattingly, S., Hornsby, J. and Aghaey, A. (2021), "Impact of relatedness, uncertainty and slack on corporate entrepreneurship decisions", Management Decision, Vol. 59 No. 5, pp. 1114-1131. https://doi.org/10.1108/MD-10-2019-1392

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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