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Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development

ISSN: 1462-6004

Online from: 1994

Subject Area: Enterprise and Innovation

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The influence of an entrepreneur's socio-cultural characteristics on the entrepreneurial orientation of small firms


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Title:The influence of an entrepreneur's socio-cultural characteristics on the entrepreneurial orientation of small firms
Author(s):Levent Altinay, (The Business School, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK), Catherine L. Wang, (School of Management, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, UK)
Citation:Levent Altinay, Catherine L. Wang, (2011) "The influence of an entrepreneur's socio-cultural characteristics on the entrepreneurial orientation of small firms", Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, Vol. 18 Iss: 4, pp.673 - 694
Keywords:Entrepreneurial orientation, Entrepreneurs, Ethnography, Socio-cultural characteristics, Turkey, United Kingdom
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/14626001111179749 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Acknowledgements:The authors would like to acknowledge the support of the ESRC for the project “Socio-cultural factors, ethnic minority entrepreneurial orientation and a firm's growth: a comparative study of Turkish and Chinese small firms in the UK” (Project Reference: RES-061-23-0051).
Abstract:

Purpose – This paper seeks to examine the relationship between Turkish ethnic entrepreneurs' socio-cultural characteristics (namely education, experience and religion) and the entrepreneurial orientation of their firms.

Design/methodology/approach – The study collected data through 139 face-to-face structured interviews with Turkish ethnic entrepreneurs in London, UK.

Findings – The study illustrates that educational attainment of an entrepreneur makes a positive impact on a firm's entrepreneurial orientation. Educational attainment equips business owners with the skills and reflective mindsets of understanding customers and responding to their needs. Previous business experience of the entrepreneur also impacts positively upon a firm's entrepreneurial orientation, while religion of the entrepreneur does not have a significant impact on the firm's entrepreneurial orientation.

Research limitations/implications – This paper reports findings based on Turkish ethnic entrepreneurs in London. Therefore, care should be taken in making generalisations from the sample.

Practical implications – This paper identifies those socio-cultural attributes that entrepreneurs can capitalise on in order to enhance the entrepreneurial orientation of their firms.

Originality/value – The paper fills in a glaring gap by providing empirical evidence about the relationship between socio-cultural characteristics of entrepreneurs and their small firms' entrepreneurial orientation.



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