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Time allocation behaviours of entrepreneurs: the impact of individual entrepreneurial orientation


  • Evila Piva

    (Politecnico di Milano)


This paper contributes to scholarly conversations on the allocation of entrepreneurs’ time in entrepreneurial ventures. I study the influence of entrepreneurs’ individual entrepreneurial orientation (IEO) on their time allocation behaviours. I formulate a series of hypotheses about the impact of IEO dimensions—innovativeness, proactiveness and risk-taking—on the allocation of entrepreneurs’ time to (1) strategic versus operational activities and (2) scheduled versus unscheduled meetings. I test these hypotheses using data on 213 entrepreneurs from Italian entrepreneurial ventures. The findings indicate that proactiveness and risk-taking are associated with specific time allocation behaviours.

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  • Evila Piva, 2018. "Time allocation behaviours of entrepreneurs: the impact of individual entrepreneurial orientation," Economia e Politica Industriale: Journal of Industrial and Business Economics, Springer;Associazione Amici di Economia e Politica Industriale, vol. 45(4), pages 493-518, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:epolin:v:45:y:2018:i:4:d:10.1007_s40812-018-0105-1
    DOI: 10.1007/s40812-018-0105-1

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    Entrepreneurs’ time; Time allocation behaviours; Individual entrepreneurial orientation; Entrepreneurial ventures;
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