Mediating role of strategic orientations in the relationship between entrepreneurial orientation and performance of Saudi SMEs

  • Mohammed Abdulrab University of Ha'il, Department of Management and Information Systems, College of Business Administration, Ha'il, Saudi Arabia.
  • Yaser Hasan Salem Al-Mamary University of Ha'il, Department of Management and Information Systems, College of Business Administration, Ha'il, Saudi Arabia.
  • Mohammed A. Alwaheeb University of Ha'il, Department of Management and Information Systems, College of Business Administration, Ha'il, Saudi Arabia.
  • Naif Ghazi M. Alshammari University of Ha'il, Department of Management and Information Systems, College of Business Administration, Ha'il, Saudi Arabia.
  • Hamad Balhareth University of Ha'il, Department of Management and Information Systems, College of Business Administration, Ha'il, Saudi Arabia.
  • Serhan A. Al-Shammari University of Ha'il, Department of Management and Information Systems, College of Business Administration, Ha'il, Saudi Arabia.
Keywords: entrepreneurial orientation, strategic orientations, performance, SMEs, KSA

Abstract

Goal: This study aims to examine the mediating role of strategic orientations in the relationship between entrepreneurial orientation and performance of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Saudi Arabia.

Design/Methodology/Approach: Quantitative analysis techniques is used in this study. Data from 206 KSA owners / managers of SMEs is obtained and analysed using Partial Least Squares Structural Equation Modelling (PLS-SEM).

Results: Findings indicate that strategic orientations mediate the relationship between entrepreneurial orientation and performance of SMEs in Saudi Arabia.

Limitations of the investigation: The proposed model may not be generalised and must be applied in other contexts and cultures.

Practical implications: This study indicates that KSA managers should maintain emphasis on entrepreneurship and establish unique strategic techniques to improve efficiency. Policymakers are recommended to establish entrepreneurship initiatives for SMEs to form entrepreneurship. Additional recommendations are also provided.

Originality / Value: This study adds to the current body of knowledge by addressing the mediating role of market and technology orientation in the relationship between entrepreneurial orientation and performance of Saudi SMEs.

Published
2021-04-23
How to Cite
Abdulrab, M., Al-Mamary, Y. H., Alwaheeb, M. A., Alshammari, N. G. M., Balhareth, H., & Al-Shammari, S. A. (2021). Mediating role of strategic orientations in the relationship between entrepreneurial orientation and performance of Saudi SMEs. Brazilian Journal of Operations & Production Management, 18(4), 1-15. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.14488/BJOPM.2021.029
Section
Research paper