Entrepreneur vs. Administrator

The difference between the entrepreneurial style and the managerial style (administrative domain) involves five business dimensions.

(A) Strategic Orientation

  1. The entrepreneur’s strategic orientation depends on his or her perception of the opportunity.
  2. When the use of planning systems is the strategic orientation, the administrative domain is operant.

(B) Commitment to Opportunity

  1. The entrepreneurial domain is pressured by the need for action and has a short time span in terms of opportunity commitment.
  2. The administrative domain is not only slow to act on an opportunity, but the commitment is usually for a longer time span.

(C) Commitment of Resources

  1. An entrepreneur is used to having resources committed at periodic intervals, often based on certain tasks or objectives being reached.

     2. In acquiring these resources the entrepreneur is forced to maximize resource use.

  1. In the administrative domain, the commitment of resources is for the total amount needed.
  2. Administrative-oriented individuals receive personal rewards by effectively administering the resources under their control.

(D) Control of Resources

  1. The administrator is rewarded by effective resource administration and has a drive to own or accumulate as many resources as possible.
  2. The entrepreneur, under pressure of limited resources, strives to rent resources on an as-needed basis.

(E) Managerial Structure

  1. In the administrative domain, the organizational structure is formalized and hierarchical in nature.
  2. The entrepreneur employs a flat organizational structure with informal networks.
Meaning Entrepreneur refers to a person who creates an enterprise, by taking financial risk in order to get profit. Manager is an individual who takes the responsibility of controlling and administering the organization.
Focus Business startup Ongoing operations
Primary motivation Achievement Power
Approach to task Informal Formal
Status Owner Employee
Reward Profit Salary
Decision making Intuitive Calculative
Driving force Creativity and Innovation Preserving status quo
Risk orientation Risk taker Risk averse


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