Through the Looking Glass: Company Culture As a Reflection of Founder Personality in Entrepreneurial Organizations

22 Pages Posted: 16 Nov 2016 Last revised: 10 Jan 2017

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Diana Kyser

Temple University

Theodore Hill

Temple University - Fox School of Business and Management

Date Written: September 10, 2016

Abstract

This paper explores the connection between founder personality and organizational culture in founder-led entrepreneurial companies. It draws from the literature in upper echelon/top management teams, family business and organizational psychology – notably the Attraction-Selection-Attrition (ASA: Schneider, 1987) and Person-Organization fit (P-O: O'Reilly, Chatman, & Caldwell, 1991) theories. Using ethnographic, psychological and organizational data from the founders and employees of four small firms from multiple industries, we find that, contrary to ASA and P-O predictions, aggregate personality seems to mediate the effect of founder personality on culture. At the same time, the direct impact of founder personality seems to be enhanced by intentional efforts to build culture and by sheer force of personality. The paper concludes with plans for further research into the personality-organizational culture effects and thoughts about the applicability of these results for founders.

Keywords: Founder, Personality, Organizational Culture, Big-Five, Person-Organization Fit, ASA

Suggested Citation

Kyser, Diana and Hill, Theodore, Through the Looking Glass: Company Culture As a Reflection of Founder Personality in Entrepreneurial Organizations (September 10, 2016). 6th International Engaged Management Scholarship Conference, 2016; Fox School of Business Research Paper No. 17-006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2869658 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2869658

Diana Kyser (Contact Author)

Temple University ( email )

Philadelphia, PA 19122
United States

Theodore Hill

Temple University - Fox School of Business and Management ( email )

Philadelphia, PA 19122
United States

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