Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Explanatory Relationship between Perceived Environmental Dynamism and Entrepreneurial Bricolage in U.S. Business Service Firms
by Stathis, Victoria L., D.B.A., Capella University, 2019, 167; 13808404
Abstract (Summary)

This research study examined the relationship between entrepreneurial bricolage and environmental dynamism, contributing to the knowledge base of the resource-based theory. Specifically, this study examined the influence perceived environmental dynamism has on entrepreneurial bricolage while controlling for the firm’s annual revenue, number of employees, age, industry and business experience, and educational level. Prior research has identified firms with higher levels of entrepreneurial bricolage overcome resource limitations through innovation, a primary component of competitive advantage. Prior research has also identified firms that function efficiently in rapidly changing environments demonstrate stronger dynamic capabilities and higher levels of innovation. In addition, previous research has identified entrepreneurial bricolage and environmental dynamism, separately, positively impact innovation; however, no identified research has examined these constructs together within the parameters of this research study. This research study utilized multiple linear regression to analyze the data used to test the hypotheses related to the research questions. The primary research question examined in this study was to what extent does Environmental Dynamism Index (IV) explain variations in the Entrepreneurial Bricolage Index (DV), controlling for Annual Revenue (CV), Number of Employees (CV), Firm Age (CV), Industry Experience (CV), Business Experience (CV), and Education Level (CV). The population for this study included businesses located in the United States in the business services sector (SIC 73) with fewer than 100 employees and annual revenue below $5 million. Results identified perceived environmental dynamism was a statistically significant predictor of entrepreneurial bricolage; no statistically significant relationship was identified between all control variables (annual revenue, number of employees, firm age, business experience, and education level) and entrepreneurial bricolage. Findings of this study suggested that firms operating in environments of greater perceived environmental dynamism demonstrated greater use of entrepreneurial bricolage. This research study was limited in population and did not include all constructs of the Environmental Dynamism Scale; further research is recommended examining the relationship between environmental dynamism and entrepreneurial bricolage in various industries and cultures. In addition, future research is recommended examining these constructs using all constructs included in the Environmental Dynamism Scale.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Witteman, Pamelyn, Walker, Terry M.
Commitee: Klocinski, John, Randall, Phillip M.
School: Capella University
Department: Business and Technology
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 80/07(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Business administration, Entrepreneurship, Organizational behavior
Keywords: Competitive advantage, Dynamic capabilities, Entrepreneurial bricolage, Environmental dynamism, Resource-based theory, Small business
Publication Number: 13808404
ISBN: 978-1-392-00633-7
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