Middle managers perception of the internal environment and its relationship to entrepreneurial orientation in the South African coal mining industry

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dc.contributor.advisor Deverell, Andee en
dc.contributor.postgraduate van Zyl, Nikki en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-05-04T13:45:46Z
dc.date.available 2016-05-04T13:45:46Z
dc.date.created 2016-03-30 en
dc.date.issued 2016 en
dc.description Mini Dissertation (MBA)--University of Pretoria, 2016. en
dc.description.abstract Corporate entrepreneurship a proponent of the innovation imperative is a process which enables constant corporate innovation, allowing firms to remain dynamic and competitive in the competing world markets (Kuratko, Hornsby, & Covin, 2014). The aim of this research was to do a quantitative assessment of middle managers in the South African coal mining industry through the lenses of two prominent constructs of the corporate entrepreneurship process. These are the internal environment for corporate entrepreneurship (Kuratko et al., 2014) and entrepreneurial orientation (Covin and Wales, 2012). To measure these constructs the Corporate Entrepreneurship Assessment Instrument (CEAI) and Entrepreneurial Orientation (EO) instruments were used respectively. Sequential multiple regression analysis was performed to analyse the relationship between the two constructs. The results confirmed that both the CEAI and EO instruments had a high degree of reliability and that the internal environment for corporate entrepreneurship contains three elements (management support, work discretion and rewards/reinforcement) which have a significant relationship with the entrepreneurial orientation composite measure. It was also found that middle managers in the South African coal mining industry do not perceive the internal environment for corporate entrepreneurship to be supportive even though they themselves have a high degree of entrepreneurial orientation. The research thus contributes to confirming the validity of existing measurement instruments and establishes a relationship between constructs to allow for strategic realignment. en
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dc.description.degree MBA en
dc.description.department Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) en
dc.description.librarian sn2016 en
dc.identifier.citation van Zyl, N 2016, Middle managers perception of the internal environment and its relationship to entrepreneurial orientation in the South African coal mining industry, MBA Mini-dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd <http://hdl.handle.net/2263/52343> en
dc.identifier.other GIBS en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/52343
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University of Pretoria en_ZA
dc.rights © 2016 University of Pretoria. All rights reserved. The copyright in this work vests in the University of Pretoria. en
dc.subject UCTD en
dc.title Middle managers perception of the internal environment and its relationship to entrepreneurial orientation in the South African coal mining industry en
dc.type Mini Dissertation en


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