Group Decision and Negotiation

, Volume 27, Issue 3, pp 375–391 | Cite as

Learning Orientation and Performance Satisfaction as Predictors of Small Firm Innovation: The Moderating Role of Gender

  • Raj V. Mahto
  • William C. McDowell
  • Jerry Kudlats
  • Timothy C. Dunne


Research on innovation in the context of small entrepreneurial firms is limited. Limited available studies on innovation in small firms are devoted mostly to firms operating in knowledge-intensive or technology industries and ignore the vast majority of small firms operating in traditional and less knowledge-intensive sectors of the economy. The rapid pace of technological change and the intensifying environmental turbulence in our economy influence all firms, including the majority of small firms that are perishing at a faster rate. Innovation is a key competitive tool for survival in a turbulent environment. Thus, it is important to understand factors influencing innovation in small firms. In this paper, we explore how learning orientation, a small-firm owner’s satisfaction with firm performance, and the firm owner’s gender influence innovation in small firms. We test the proposed model on a sample of small firms located in the United States of America.


Innovation Learning orientation Satisfaction with performance Gender and small firms 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Raj V. Mahto
    • 1
  • William C. McDowell
    • 2
  • Jerry Kudlats
    • 3
  • Timothy C. Dunne
    • 4
  1. 1.University of New MexicoAlbuquerqueUSA
  2. 2.Bradley UniversityPeoriaUSA
  3. 3.Jacksonville UniversityJacksonvilleUSA
  4. 4.Boise State UniversityBoiseUSA

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