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Subject Area: Enterprise and Innovation
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|Title:||The entrepreneurial behaviour inventory: A simulated incident method to assess corporate entrepreneurship|
|Author(s):||Theresa L.M. Lau, (Department of Management and Marketing, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon, Hong Kong), Margaret A. Shaffer, (Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business, The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA), Kwong Fai Chan, (Department of Management and Marketing, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon, Hong Kong), Thomas Wing Yan Man, (Nottingham University Business School, China, University of Nottingham Ningbo, China, Ningbo, China)|
|Citation:||Theresa L.M. Lau, Margaret A. Shaffer, Kwong Fai Chan, Thomas Wing Yan Man, (2012) "The entrepreneurial behaviour inventory: A simulated incident method to assess corporate entrepreneurship", International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research, Vol. 18 Iss: 6, pp.673 - 696|
|Keywords:||Corporate entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurial behaviour, Entrepreneurship behaviour scale, Management development, Management skills, Scale development, Scale validation|
|Article type:||Research paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/13552551211268120 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
|Acknowledgements:||This paper was supported by a grant from the Research Grants Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (Project no. BQ417).|
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to report the development and validation of the entrepreneurial behaviour inventory (EBI), an instrument for measuring the entrepreneurial behaviours of corporate managers.
Design/methodology/approach – Through actual consulting experience, interviews and discussions with business owners and company managers, 40 incidents were written to describe ten of the most commonly identified entrepreneurial attributes. The response options were developed using behaviourally anchored rating scales and were validated by rank-order correlation analysis and
Findings – Through an integrated series of studies, the authors identified a reliable and valid four-factor structure of the EBI. The dimensions are innovativeness, risk taking, change orientation, and opportunism.
Originality/value – The EBI is an effective and objective instrument for assessing entrepreneurial behaviours applicable to both business owners as well as corporate entrepreneurs. Using a simulated incident method with behaviourally anchored rating scales, the EBI provides a sophisticated means of assessing actual behaviours rather than traits or attitudes. The EBI is useful for classifying types of entrepreneurs and forming the basis for training and developing entrepreneurial corporate managers.
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