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Entrepreneurial mindset of information and communication technology firms

M. J. Scheepers

SA Journal of Information Management; Vol 10, No 4 (2008), . doi: 10.4102/sajim.v10i4.328

Submitted: 20 January 2008
Published:  20 January 2008

Abstract

Limited research focuses on the entrepreneurial mindset of information and communication technology (ICT) firms, despite the opportunities in and importance of this sector for economic growth. In this article, the entrepreneurial mindset of ICT firms is described by using three indicators: entrepreneurial orientation, e-business initiatives and a supportive organizational climate. Data were obtained using structured telephone interviews with 144 ICT firms. The findings indicate that the three indicators of an entrepreneurial mindset are associated and can be linked to performance. It is recommended that managers create a supportive climate for entrepreneurship by offering rewards, empowering employees and providing leadership and support for initiatives.

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M. J. Scheepers, Department of Business Management University of Stellenbosch Stellenbosch, South Africa, South Africa

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