Entrepreneurial orientation and innovation intensity: A synthetic literature review


Objective: This article reviews the empirical findings directly or indirectly linking Entrepreneurial Orientation to Innovation Intensity in the period 2008-2018. It also investigates the fuzzy concept of Innovation Intensity and suggests some research avenues in the future.

Research Design & Methods: The research method is based on critical and synthetic literature review. In a three-steps process, relevant papers were identified and classified. These samples were then analyzed and put into a perspective of the explaining then linking the concepts of Entrepreneurial Orientation and Innovation Intensity. Based on that, recommendations for future research are presented.

Findings: Although many studies insinuate a positive relationship between Entrepreneurial Orientation and Innovation Intensity, there is no empirical research specifically targeting this link. The main reason seems to be a lack of clarity around the concept of “Intensity” itself.

Contribution & Value Added: This study introduces a conceptualization of Innovation Intensity based studying the extant literature. Furthermore, it is good starting point for scholars interested in clarifying the concept of Innovation Intensity or/and determining the nature of relationship linking this latter and Entrepreneurial Orientation.


entrepreneurship; entrepreneurial orientation; innovation intensity; degree of innovation; internationalization

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Published : 2019-12-05

BenazzouzN. M. (2019). Entrepreneurial orientation and innovation intensity: A synthetic literature review. International Entrepreneurship Review, 5(2), 23-36. https://doi.org/10.15678/IER.2019.0502.02

Nizar M. Benazzouz  ni.benazzouz@gmail.com
Master in IT management (Engineering School of Telecom ParisTech, France); International Master in Business Administration (Sorbonne University, France). Currently working as digital portfolio manager within an SME. His research interests include innovation management and international entrepreneurship

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