Entrepreneurial Orientation and Learning in High and Low Performing SMEs


  • Timothy Pett Rollins College
  • Jim A. Wolff Wichita State University


This paper examines the relationship between an organization’s learning orientation, its information technology competency and entrepreneurial orientation.  It is proposed that a commitment to learning and a culture of learning coupled with the tools and capabilities to gather and compile information and knowledge from outside organizational boundaries facilitates the identification of opportunities.  Small and medium-sized firms with high levels of an entrepreneurial orientation in turn are able to capitalize on opportunities yielding higher performance levels for the firm.  Data from a sample of manufacturing SMEs tends to support these propositions. Conclusions and recommendations for SME management practice is discussed.


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Pett, T., & Wolff, J. A. (2016). Entrepreneurial Orientation and Learning in High and Low Performing SMEs. Journal of Small Business Strategy, 26(2), 71-86. Retrieved from https://libjournals.mtsu.edu/index.php/jsbs/article/view/615