oa Journal of Contemporary Management - Impact investing and entrepreneurial orientation as determinants of organisational performance

Volume 16 Number 2
  • ISSN : 1815-7440



Impact investment is regarded as ‘investing with purpose’ because of its pursuit for positive social change that is not driven through philanthropy, but is a purposeful and profit-driven investment strategy. The article empirically examines the extent to which impact investing influences the relationship between entrepreneurial orientation (EO) and organisational performance of corporates in South Africa.

The research design was a survey-based, quantitative and cross-sectional study where hypotheses were tested using statistical analyses in terms of correlational and regression analyses. The results indicate impact investing has a positive influence on the relationship between EO pro-activeness, EO risk taking and EO innovativeness and organisational performance.

Leaders and managers need to institutionalise appropriate systems and support structures, as well as signal to employees that entrepreneurial behaviour together with impact investing practices are highly desirable. Impact investing can assist organisations to provide sustainable and scalable solutions to social problems by leveraging key aspects of EO.

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