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Creativity, self-efficacy, and small-firm performance: the mediating role of entrepreneurial orientation

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  • Anis Khedhaouria

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  • Călin Gurău
  • Olivier Torrès

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Determinants of small-firm performance represent a central topic in the entrepreneurship literature. Addressing associations among personal traits, entrepreneurial orientation (EO), and small-firm performance, we develop a model to examine how an entrepreneur’s creativity, self-efficacy, and EO affect small-firm performance. The hypotheses are tested on a sample of 256 French small-firm owners. The findings show that self-efficacy and EO are positively and directly associated with firm performance, whereas creativity and firm performance are fully mediated by EO. These findings offer important theoretical and practical implications. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media New York 2015

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  • Anis Khedhaouria & Călin Gurău & Olivier Torrès, 2015. "Creativity, self-efficacy, and small-firm performance: the mediating role of entrepreneurial orientation," Small Business Economics, Springer, vol. 44(3), pages 485-504, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:sbusec:v:44:y:2015:i:3:p:485-504
    DOI: 10.1007/s11187-014-9608-y
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    1. Tobias Kollmann & Christoph Stöckmann & Yvonne Meves & Julia M. Kensbock, 2017. "When members of entrepreneurial teams differ: linking diversity in individual-level entrepreneurial orientation to team performance," Small Business Economics, Springer, vol. 48(4), pages 843-859, April.
    2. repec:taf:oabmxx:v:4:y:2017:i:1:p:1408209 is not listed on IDEAS
    3. Mthanti, Thanti & Ojah, Kalu, 2017. "Entrepreneurial orientation (EO): Measurement and policy implications of entrepreneurship at the macroeconomic level," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 46(4), pages 724-739.

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    Keywords

    Self-efficacy; Creativity; Entrepreneurial orientation; Firm performance; Mediation; L25; L26; M12;

    JEL classification:

    • L25 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Performance
    • L26 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Entrepreneurship
    • M12 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Personnel Management; Executives; Executive Compensation

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