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PROACTIVENESS, COMPETITIVE AGGRESSIVENESS AND AUTONOMY: A COMPARATIVE STUDY FROM THE CZECH REPUBLIC

Ashiqur Rahman (), Mehmet Civelek () and Ludmila Kozubíková ()
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Ashiqur Rahman: Tomas Bata University in Zlin, Czech Republic
Mehmet Civelek: Tomas Bata University in Zlin, Czech Republic
Ludmila Kozubíková: Tomas Bata University in Zlin, Czech Republic

Equilibrium. Quarterly Journal of Economics and Economic Policy, 2016, vol. 11, issue 3, pages 631-650

Abstract: The purpose of this comparative study is to explore the differences in the entrepreneurial orientation (EO) between micro versus small and medium enterprises (SMEs). We have selected three dimensions of EO (proactiveness, competitive aggressiveness and autonomy) for our analysis. We have analyzed the data collected from 1141 respondents during the period of 2015 from 14 regions of the Czech Republic, which consists of 740 micro firms and 401 small and medium firms. Empirical results of our paper show significant differences between micro versus small and medium enterprises in terms of proactiveness and autonomy. However, we can only partially confirm that micro firms are statistically different from the SMEs in terms of competitive aggressiveness. Thus, our paper enables better understanding of the EO from the firm size perspective, when they have different levels of resources.

Keywords: entrepreneurial orientation; micro enterprises; small and medium enterprises (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L26 M21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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