Influence of CEO demography on entrepreneurial orientation: The moderating role of competitive intensity

Jun Yang, Liqun WEI*

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Abstract

Although entrepreneurial orientation has been identified as a key facilitator of a firm's innovative behaviors, its antecedents, especially the determinant role of the business leader, have yet to be explored. Drawing on strategic leadership theory, which posits the role of CEO in determining a firm's strategic direction, we examined the influence of CEO demography, specifically age, tenure, and education, on a firm's entrepreneurial orientation. Based on a sample of 231 Chinese firms, we found firms with a CEO who was younger, higher educated, and with a shorter tenure on the job had a greater extent of entrepreneurial orientation. Moreover, the firm's competitive environment moderated these relationships.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)356-381
Number of pages26
JournalFrontiers of Business Research in China
Volume7
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Public Administration

User-Defined Keywords

  • CEO demography
  • Competitive intensity
  • Entrepreneurial orientation

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