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Personal traits of CEOs, inter-firm networking and entrepreneurship in their firms: investigating strategic SME network participants
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Innovation and Design.
2005 (English)In: Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship, ISSN 1084-9467, Vol. 10, no 3, 271-284 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This research tests a model including direct and indirect effects of CEO's personal traits (i.e., tolerance for ambiguity and self-efficacy) on entrepreneurial behavior for firms in a specific context, namely strategic SME networks. Findings indicate no direct relationship between personal traits and entrepreneurial behavior on the firm level but reports positive relationship between CEO's traits and levels of inter-firm networking with other strategic SME network participants. Inter-firm networking, in turn, is positively related to entrepreneurial behavior on the firm level. Our results thus indicate that personal traits of the CEO can be important to study in order to understand small firm behavior and performance. The absence of direct links may hide interesting indirect and mediating influences. Based on this, we argue that it is important for future research in the entrepreneurship domain to consider inclusion of context-specific action-based factors that may link CEO traits to entrepreneurship.

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2005. Vol. 10, no 3, 271-284 p.
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Entrepreneurship and Innovation
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-8516DOI: 10.1142/S1084946705000215Local ID: 7078bed0-24ee-11dc-b6d3-000ea68e967bOAI: diva2:981454
Validerad; 2005; Bibliografisk uppgift: 17th Nordic Conference on Business Studies, Reykjavik, Island, August 14-16; 20070627 (ysko)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29Bibliographically approved

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