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SOARES, Mauren do Couto  y  PERIN, Marcelo Gattermann. Entrepreneurial orientation and firm performance: an updated meta-analysis. RAUSP Manag. J. [online]. 2020, vol.55, n.2, pp.143-159.  Epub 20-Jul-2020. ISSN 2531-0488.


The purpose of this paper is to analyze the relationship between entrepreneurial orientation (EO) and organizational performance through an updated and extended meta-analytic review that includes EO, mediators, moderators and performance results.


Using Pearson correlations as effect size statistics, and based on 80 independent samples from 78 studies, with a total sample size of 19,514 cases, the meta-analysis consolidates the empirical findings of this field of research.


The results reveal that there is a direct and positive impact of EO on organizational performance, and this effect is stronger for multi-item measures of performance and for revenue-based performance measures. In addition, the authors found partial mediation effects of learning orientation and innovativeness on the relationship between EO and firm performance.


The work contributes to the literature by demonstrating the importance of EO to organizational performance with a meta-analysis, reporting the partially mediating variables in this relationship and seeking to explain the observed inconsistencies in preceding results, also examining methodological moderating variables. Hence, the research extends previous meta-analytic studies done in the area.

Palabras clave : Organizational performance; Entrepreneurial orientation; Meta-analysis; Mediators; Moderators.

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