Gregory Dess is a Professor of Management and holds the Andrew R. Cecil Chair in Applied Ethics. In 2001 he became one of 33 charter members of the Academy of Management Journal's Hall of Fame. Subsequently the journal ranked him as among the top 20 influential researchers in the field of management. His research interests include:
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How can a firm harness its resources for releasing the potential of entrepreneurial orientation (EO)? In this study we investigate the moderating roles of both internal and network resource mechanisms on the relationship between EO and firm performance. Specifically, we argue that organizational structure (centralization and formalization) and coordination (knowledge integration), as well as firms’ connections with external stakeholders (business versus institutional networks) are critical for mobilizing resources to support EO activities. Using survey data in two Chinese industries, we find that centralization strengthens the positive relationship between EO and performance, while formalization weakens it. Interestingly, a firm’s business network also strengthens this relationship, while its institutional network dampens it. Finally, knowledge integration positively moderates this relationship.