Entrepreneurial Orientation, Learning Orientation, Market Orientation, and Organizational Performance: Family Firms Versus Non-Family Firms

Keywords: Strategic orientation, Entrepreneurial orientation, Learning orientation, Market orientation, Performance, Family firm


Firms develop and use multiple strategic orientations. However, the investigations considering more than one strategic orientation are scant and have paid scant attention to the singular context of family firms, despite the growing evidence of their special strategic behavior. To cover these research gaps, we analyze the combined effects of three strategic orientations (mainly, entrepreneurial orientation, learning orientation, and market orientation) on family firm’s performance, by comparing family firms and non-family firms from Spain and Portugal. Our results show that the entrepreneurial orientation is the strategic orientation with higher impact on family firm performance, followed by market orientation, so, our work offers family firms some insights to an improved performance. In addition our work contributes to literature by corroborating the idea of strategic equifinality.

Author Biography

Remedios Hernández-Linares, Universidad de Extremadura

Financial Economics & Accounting Department


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Hernández-Linares, R., & López-Fernández, M. C. (2020). Entrepreneurial Orientation, Learning Orientation, Market Orientation, and Organizational Performance: Family Firms Versus Non-Family Firms. European Journal of Family Business, 10(1), 6-19. https://doi.org/10.24310/ejfbejfb.v10i1.6780
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