Entrepreneurial Behavior in Organizations: Does Job Design Matter?

15 Pages Posted: 6 Jul 2015

See all articles by Jeroen P.J. de Jong

Jeroen P.J. de Jong

Utrecht University - School of Economics

Sharon K. Parker

The University of Western Australia

S. Wennekers

EIM Netherlands - Business and Policy Research

Chia‐Huei Wu

Durham University

Date Written: July 2015

Abstract

We take a first step to explore how organizational factors influence individual entrepreneurial behavior at work, by investigating the role of job design variables. Drawing on multiple‐source survey data of 179 workers in a Dutch research and consultancy organization, we find that entrepreneurial behavior, indicated by innovation, proactivity, and risk‐taking items, is a higher order construct. Job autonomy is positively related with entrepreneurial behavior, as well as its innovation and proactivity subdimensions, while job variety is not. This suggests that interventions related to the vertical scope of jobs will promote entrepreneurial behaviors more than horizontal job expansion.

Suggested Citation

de Jong, Jeroen P.J. and Parker, Sharon K. and Wennekers, Sander and Wu, Chia‐Huei, Entrepreneurial Behavior in Organizations: Does Job Design Matter? (July 2015). Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Vol. 39, Issue 4, pp. 981-995, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2626242 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/etap.12084

Jeroen P.J. De Jong (Contact Author)

Utrecht University - School of Economics ( email )

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Utrecht, +31 30 253 7373 3584 EC
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Sharon K. Parker

The University of Western Australia ( email )

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Sander Wennekers

EIM Netherlands - Business and Policy Research ( email )

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Chia‐Huei Wu

Durham University ( email )

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United Kingdom

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