An Exploratory Study of Entrepreneurial Creativity: Its Antecedents and Mediators in the Context of UAE Firms

18 Pages Posted: 23 Aug 2013

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Mumin Dayan

United Arab Emirates University (UAEU)

Robert Zacca

United Arab Emirates University (UAEU)

Anthony Di Benedetto

Temple University

Date Written: September 2013

Abstract

In this study, we attempt to advance our understanding of the role of entrepreneurial creativity in the context of firms in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Through field research accompanied by a review of the related literature, this study identifies crucial antecedents of entrepreneurial creativity. The proposed model combines variables belonging to different contextual factors such as external factors (resource access, resource possession, and alertness to opportunity) and individual factors (creative self‐efficacy, expertise and intrinsic motivation). The model is tested using data from a large‐scale survey of firms in the UAE. We find that expertise and creative self‐efficacy is significantly related to entrepreneurial creativity. The results also reveal that intrinsic motivation and alertness to opportunity are the key mediators between contextual factors and entrepreneurial creativity. The findings of this study present some interesting practical implications to entrepreneurs in order to improve their creative skills.

Suggested Citation

Dayan, Mumin and Zacca, Robert and Di Benedetto, Anthony, An Exploratory Study of Entrepreneurial Creativity: Its Antecedents and Mediators in the Context of UAE Firms (September 2013). Creativity and Innovation Management, Vol. 22, Issue 3, pp. 223-240, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2314790 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/caim.12036

Mumin Dayan (Contact Author)

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Robert Zacca

United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) ( email )

P.O. Box 15551
Al-Ain
United Arab Emirates

Anthony Di Benedetto

Temple University ( email )

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