The influence of entrepreneurial culture and organizational learning on entrepreneurial orientation: the case of new technology-based firms in Iran

Yasaman Yazdanpanah, Mohamad Taghi Toghraee, Aidin Salamzadeh*, Jonathan M. Scott, Ramo Palalić

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Purpose: This paper explores how entrepreneurial culture (EC) and organizational learning (OL) determine the entrepreneurial orientation (EO) of new technology-based firms (NTBFs). These NTBFs are located in Isfahan Science and Technology Town (ISTT), Iran. These entities face substantial challenges in a highly-sanctioned economy, which makes adopting, acquiring or transferring new technologies daunting. Design/methodology/approach: This paper analyzes a sample of 200 NTBFs. The participants were trained chief executive officers and observed by applying pre-test and post-test designs. As a final step, empirical data were collected using questionnaires and analyzed accordingly. The structural equation modeling (SEM) with the partial least squares (PLS) approach was used by the SmartPLS2 software. Findings: OL was found to mediate the relationship between EC and EO in the studied NTBFs. Additionally, the indirect effect of EC on EO and the direct impact of OL on EO were significant (=1.96). Therefore, this study focuses on selected NTBFs within Iran's particular and distinctive context. Research limitations/implications: This study has several limitations. These were the time consuming nature, the lack of cooperation by managers and the COVID-19 pandemic-related challenges. Nonetheless, the findings offer several important implications for practitioners, scholars and policymakers. Originality/value: The paper sought to explore how EC and OL determine EO in Iranian NTBFs. It, thus, investigates the case of a highly-sanctioned context during the coronavirus pandemic, which imposed several basic and technological limitations on their practices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1181-1203
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 16 2023


  • Entrepreneurial culture
  • Entrepreneurial orientation
  • Iran
  • New technology-based firms
  • Organizational learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)

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