Jeroen P.J. de Jong is Associate Professor of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship, RSM Erasmus University, Burgemeester Oudlaan 50, 3062 PA Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Entrepreneurial Behavior in Organizations: Does Job Design Matter?
Article first published online: 6 DEC 2013
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Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice
How to Cite
de Jong, J. P.J., Parker, S. K., Wennekers, S. and Wu, C.-H. (2013), Entrepreneurial Behavior in Organizations: Does Job Design Matter?. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. doi: 10.1111/etap.12084
- Article first published online: 6 DEC 2013
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.