Abstract

Scholars have investigated the relationship between strategic planning and venture performance for more than three decades, yet the antecedents of planning remain relatively obscure. The research presented here considers the relationships between several antecedents and planning suggested by previous research. Specifically, we assess relationships among five key variables: decision making style, problem solving style, perception of environmental uncertainty, venture type (entrepreneurial versus small business venture), and planning formality. A post-hoc analysis of specific meta-cognitive variables is conducted to expand our understanding of these antecedental relationships. Our results indicate significant relationships between problem solving style, perception of environmental uncertainty, venture type and planning formality. Implications for future theory and research are discussed.

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