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The nexus between entrepreneurial orientation and performance: enabling roles of absorptive capacity

Ismail Raisal (Department of Management, South Eastern University of Sri Lanka, Oluvil, Sri Lanka)
Arun Kumar Tarofder (Management and Science University, Shah Alam, Malaysia)
Aboobucker Ilmudeen (South Eastern University of Sri Lanka, Oluvil, Sri Lanka)

World Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development

ISSN: 2042-5961

Article publication date: 19 January 2021

Issue publication date: 29 April 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

Developing countries’ economic growth very much depend on the successful performance of entrepreneurial-oriented firms. Entrepreneurial orientation (EO) is a valuable conjecturer of firm success. This study mainly focuses on analyzing the effect of EO on the firm performance (FP) with the mediating role of absorptive capacity (ACAP).

Design/methodology/approach

To test the hypothetical model, we collected 226 valid responses from senior managers of small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The structural equation modeling technique is performed and research hypotheses are validated.

Findings

The findings show that the strong causal relations exit between EO, ACAP and FP. In brief, EO was found to be a predictor of ACAP, and ACAP has a strong positive impact on FP. Moreover, ACAP substantiated to be a mediator between EO and FP.

Research limitations/implications

A notable ramification of this finding is that for SMEs to enhance their performance via EO, the presence of ACAP as a mediator is essential.

Practical implications

The findings of this study can be used as a basis to consider EO to increase firms' level of ACAP and to enhance FP. As a whole, the findings offer pragmatic insights for SMEs and pertinent stakeholders.

Originality/value

So far, little is known about the interrelationship between EO, ACAP and FP. Importantly, the mediating role of ACAP between EO and FP has remained unexplored. This study fills this gap in the existing literature.

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Citation

Raisal, I., Tarofder, A.K. and Ilmudeen, A. (2021), "The nexus between entrepreneurial orientation and performance: enabling roles of absorptive capacity", World Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development, Vol. 17 No. 2, pp. 153-166. https://doi.org/10.1108/WJEMSD-06-2019-0041

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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