Original Research

Adapting corporate entrepreneurship assessment instrument for Romania

Cristian Vizitiu, Alexandru Agapie, Robert Paiusan, Shahrazad Hadad, Marian Nastase
South African Journal of Business Management | Vol 49, No 1 | a8 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajbm.v49i1.8 | © 2018 Alexandru Agapie | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 05 March 2018 | Published: 28 June 2018

About the author(s)

Cristian Vizitiu, Institute of Space Science, Romania
Alexandru Agapie, Department of Applied Mathematics, The Bucharest University of Economic Studies; Institute of Mathematical Statistics and Applied Mathematics, Romania
Robert Paiusan, Faculty of Finance, Insurance, Banking and Stock Exchange, The Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania
Shahrazad Hadad, Faculty of Business Administration, The Bucharest University of Economic Studies; Academy of Romanian Scientists, Romania
Marian Nastase, Department of Management, The Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania


Background: The study adapts the corporate entrepreneurship assessment instrument (CEAI), a notable North American psychometric instrument used to evaluate entrepreneurial culture, and investigates its construct validity scale, taking into account that psychometric instruments have limited cross-cultural portability.


Objectives: We aim at identifying the perceived internal management key factors in the Romanian entrepreneurial culture (private sector) and applying CEAI to emergent economies.


Method: The corporate entrepreneurship assessment instrument uses a 48-item Likert scale questionnaire to collect information from a large sample of employees working in different companies. The questions, seen as random variables, are then factor analysed in order to get a reduced more manageable structure. Factors are finally interpreted with respect to the entrepreneurial propensity of the business sector in study. The software used for statistical analysis was SPSS.


Results: The survey conducted on 175 professionals from Romanian technology-based companies yielded a 10-factor structure for this particular business environment: reinforcement and work discretion, dynamic environment and decreased formalisation, delegation, time availability, strategic awareness, management support, stress, vertical communication, horizontal communication and knowledge sharing.


Conclusion: The study provides a thorough understanding of the Romanian post-communist corporate culture, and, together with a similar analysis recently performed in South Africa, aims to create a clearer picture of cross-cultural portability of entrepreneurship psychometric instruments.


corporate entrepreneurship; psychometric instrument; CEAI; cross-cultural portability; factor analysis; emerging economies


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