Department of Management
Influence of CEO demography on entrepreneurial orientation: The moderating role of competitive intensity
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. © 2013 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands.
CEO demography, Competitive intensity, Entrepreneurial orientation
Source Publication Title
Frontiers of Business Research in China
Brill Academic Publishers
Yang, Jun, and Li-Qun Wei. "Influence of CEO demography on entrepreneurial orientation: The moderating role of competitive intensity." Frontiers of Business Research in China 7.3 (2013): 356-381.