Contributions of entrepreneurial orientation in the use of agile methods in project management
Palavras-chave:Entrepreneurial orientation, Project management, Agile methods, SCRUM
Purpose – This paper aims to analyze the degree of contribution of the entrepreneurial orientation (EO) of
organizations in the use of agile methods (AM) in project management.
Design/methodology/approach – A quantitative approach with the application of a survey with
project professionals resulted in 206 valid answers. The data were analyzed using structural equation
modeling and the method of partial least squares (PLS).
Findings – The results present empirical evidence of the significant contribution of EO in the use of AM in
project management, confirming the main hypothesis of this study. This effect was not influenced by the
control variables tested.
Research limitations/implications – This study contributes to the development of research on AM
and minimizes the literature gap on the connection between entrepreneurship and AM. The results are limited
to the sample. Studies with broader samples and different segments are suggested, as well as the contribution
of each dimension of the EO to AM.
Practical implications – Innovativeness, risk-taking, proactiveness, autonomy and competitive
aggressiveness (EO dimensions) can contribute to the use of AM and guide actions to develop these
behaviors, pursuing better adherence to agile values and the use of AM in project management.
Originality/value – The originality of this study regarding the connection between EO and AM lies on the
presentation of a theoretical model of this relationship and reduces the gap in this research field. Given the degree of EO contribution in AM (19.7%), there are other factors that affect the use of AM in project
management that should be investigated.
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