Jintong Tang is an assistant professor of entrepreneurship and management, John Cook School of Business, Saint Louis University, 3674 Lindell Blvd., DS 469A, St. Louis, MO 63108, USA.
Proactiveness, Stakeholder–Firm Power Difference, and Product Safety and Quality of Chinese SMEs
Article first published online: 26 MAR 2013
© 2013 Baylor University
Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice
Volume 38, Issue 5, pages 1129–1157, September 2014
How to Cite
Tang, J., Tang, Z. and Katz, J. A. (2014), Proactiveness, Stakeholder–Firm Power Difference, and Product Safety and Quality of Chinese SMEs. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 38: 1129–1157. doi: 10.1111/etap.12029
The authors wish to express their sincere appreciation to Editor Don Neubaum and two anonymous reviewers for their invaluable comments on earlier versions of this manuscript.
- Issue published online: 3 SEP 2014
- Article first published online: 26 MAR 2013
Despite an abundance of research on entrepreneurial orientation and various dimensions of firm financial performance, very little is known about the specific influence of proactiveness on performance. In the current research, we explore the role of proactiveness in firms' interaction with the external environment. In particular, we examine the influence of proactiveness in stakeholder–firm power difference. Further, we investigate the extent to which stakeholder–firm power difference affects product safety and quality. Using a sample of 144 Chinese small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), we found that proactiveness can decrease government– and media–firm power differences. Government–firm power difference reduces product concerns, yet media–firm power difference deteriorates the purported product strengths for Chinese SMEs.