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What about the employees in entrepreneurial firms?: A multi-level analysis of the relationship between entrepreneurial orientation, role ambiguity, and social support
University of Skövde, School of Business. University of Skövde, Enterprises for the Future. (Strategiskt entreprenörskap (StrEnt), Strategic Entrepreneurship)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5408-413X
2017 (English)In: International Small Business Journal, ISSN 0266-2426, E-ISSN 1741-2870Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Research on entrepreneurial orientation (EO) has mainly addressed outcomes of EO at the level of the firm. However, few studies have examined how EO affects employees. Using a multi-level analysis of 343 employees nested in 25 SMEs, revealed that EO will increase the degree of role ambiguity among employees. Social support from management was not found to have any effect on the relationship between EO and role ambiguity. However, social support from co-workers weakens the EO-ambiguity relationship and can counteract the negative effects of EO to some degree. The study contributes to the EO literature by being one of very few that have considered possible negative consequences of EO, and it also highlights how to reduce role ambiguity in entrepreneurial SMEs.

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Sage Publications, 2017.
Keyword [en]
employee well-being, entrepreneurial orientation, hierarchical linear modeling, role ambiguity, small and medium-sized enterprises, social exchange theory
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Business Administration
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Humanities and Social sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-13295DOI: 10.1177/0266242617690797OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-13295DiVA: diva2:1076416
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Win-win-situationer för medarbetare och ägare - En analys av sambanden mellan HRM, välbefinnande och lönsamhet
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2012-1067
Available from: 2017-02-22 Created: 2017-02-22 Last updated: 2017-03-07

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