Entrepreneurial Orientation in Long-Lived Family Firms.

Peer-reviewed Academic Journal.


Small Business Economics




We apply a key construct from the entrepreneurship field, entrepreneurial orientation (EO), in the context of long-lived family firms. Our qualitative in-depth case studies show that a permanently high level of the five EO dimensions is not a necessary condition for long-term success, as traditional entrepreneurship and EO literature implicitly suggest. Rather, we claim that the level of EO is dynamically adapted over time and that the original EO scales (autonomy, innovativeness, risk taking, proactiveness, and competitive aggressiveness) do not sufficiently capture the full extent of entrepreneurial behaviors in long-lived family firms. Based on these considerations we suggest extending the existing EO scales to provide a more fine-grained depiction of firm-level corporate entrepreneurship in long-lived family firms.


Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations

Recommended Citation

Zellweger, T., & Sieger, P. (2010). Entrepreneurial Orientation in long-lived Family Firms.Small Business Economics Journal, 2010(1), pp. 1-18.



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