A Revised Conceptual Model of the Firm-Level Entrepreneurial Process

  • Patrick M. Kreiser Ohio University
  • Justin Davis Ohio University


Research suggests that existing conceptualizations of firm-level entrepreneurship may not be sufficient in fully explaining the construct (Brown, Davidsson, & Wiklund, 2001; Brush, Manolova, & Edelman, 2008). In particular, there is little consensus regarding the organizational attributes that underlie the entrepreneurial act. This study integrates and extends existing conceptualizations to form a new theoretical framework for studying the firm-level entrepreneurial process. It is argued that three attributes: innovativeness, proactiveness, and strategic renewal, are necessary preconditions for firms to be considered truly "entrepreneurial." The role that these three firm-level attributes play in generating important entrepreneurial outcomes is also considered.


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How to Cite
KREISER, Patrick M.; DAVIS, Justin. A Revised Conceptual Model of the Firm-Level Entrepreneurial Process. Journal of Small Business Strategy, [S.l.], v. 20, n. 1, p. 1-18, jan. 2009. ISSN 2380-1751. Available at: <http://libjournals.mtsu.edu/index.php/jsbs/article/view/113>. Date accessed: 23 june 2018.