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
Link to Publisher's Edition
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.