Employees’ psychological characteristics and sustainable leadership in firms with high and low entrepreneurial orientation

Authors

  • Susanne Durst Tallinn University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Ehitajate tee 5, 19086 Tallinn, Estonia
  • Farzana Chowdhury Durham University, Department of Management and Marketing, Mill Hill Lane, Durham DH1 3LB, United Kingdom
  • Andres Davila ESCE International Business School, Leadership, Mangement & Skills Development Department, 10 Rue Sextius Michel, 75016 Paris, France
  • Sascha Kraus Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Faculty of Economics & Management, Piazza Università 1, 39100 Bolzano, Italy
  • Cheng-Feng Cheng National Taichung University of Science and Technology, Department of Business Management, No.129, Sec. 3, Sanmin Rd., North Dist., Taichung City 40401, Taiwan

Abstract

In this article, we examine how individual-level psychological characteristics such as empowerment, integrity, humility, and need for cognition influence sustainable leadership behavior in firms with levels of high and low entrepreneurial orientation (EO). For this, we utilized fuzzy set qualitative comparative analysis (fsQCA) using data from 2,117 employees working in firms located and operating in different countries and diverse industries. Our results show that specific psychological characteristics possessed by the members of the organizations can be beneficial for engaging in entrepreneurial activity in both high and low EO firms. Our results e.g. show that need for cognition has a differential impact on sustainable leadership behavior in high and low EO firms. However, integrity is essential for a high level of sustainable leadership behavior in both high as well as low EO firms.

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Published

2021-08-11

How to Cite

Durst, S., Chowdhury, F., Davila, A., Kraus, S., & Cheng, C.-F. (2021). Employees’ psychological characteristics and sustainable leadership in firms with high and low entrepreneurial orientation. Journal of Small Business Strategy, 31(3), 59–71. Retrieved from https://libjournals.mtsu.edu/index.php/jsbs/article/view/1987

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