Asia Pacific Journal of Management

, Volume 36, Issue 4, pp 1193–1219 | Cite as

Entrepreneurial orientation and organizational knowledge creation: A configurational approach

  • Feifei Jiang
  • Gang WangEmail author
  • Xu Jiang


Drawing upon the resource dependence theory, this study develops a configurational framework to focus on how business ties and market dynamism independently and interactively affect the relationship between entrepreneurial orientation (EO) and organizational knowledge creation. Findings from a sample of Chinese firms indicate that a configurational approach (three-way interactions) that aligns EO, business ties, and market dynamism has greater explanatory power for organizational knowledge creation than a contingency model (two-way interactions) and a main-effect-only model. Organizational knowledge creation benefits most from an EO in the presence of both high levels of business ties and market dynamism, while it benefits least with strong business ties under low market dynamism. Overall, our findings contribute to a better understanding of whether and when an EO enhances organizational knowledge creation.


Entrepreneurial orientation (EO) Organizational knowledge creation Business ties Market dynamism Configuration 



The authors would like to thank the National Natural Science Foundation of China (no. 71772148; no. 71402128) and the Soft Science Research Key Project of Shaanxi Province (no. 2017KRZ005) for financial support.


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  1. 1.School of ManagementXi’an Jiaotong UniversityXi’anPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.School of Economics and ManagementWuhan UniversityWuhanPeople’s Republic of China

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