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The impact of organizational structure and work autonomy in fostering entrepreneurial tendencies and job performance

Ahmetoglu, G; Scarlett, L; Codreanu, S; Chamorro-Premuzic, T; (2020) The impact of organizational structure and work autonomy in fostering entrepreneurial tendencies and job performance. Evidence-based HRM , 8 (1) pp. 128-143. 10.1108/EBHRM-11-2018-0070. Green open access

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Abstract

Purpose: Research examining the influence of organizational factors on entrepreneurial tendencies and performance within organizations is scarce. This study investigated the effect of organizational structure and work autonomy on entrepreneurial tendencies, locus of control, and performance. // Methodology: Data were obtained online using validated self-report questionnaires in a sample of 181 currently employed individuals. // Findings: The results showed organizational structure components to be related to work autonomy and performance, but not to individual level variables. However, work autonomy related to entrepreneurial tendencies and locus of control, indicating potential indirect effects of organizational structure on individual level variables via work autonomy. Entrepreneurial tendencies and locus of control were positively related to performance. // Originality/Value: Whilst the mediating effect of a number of individual level traits has been examined in the past, very little research has looked at how organizational factors may influence entrepreneurial tendencies. Fostering entrepreneurial tendencies in employees may facilitate corporate entrepreneurship and performance within organizations.

Type: Article
Title: The impact of organizational structure and work autonomy in fostering entrepreneurial tendencies and job performance
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1108/EBHRM-11-2018-0070
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1108/EBHRM-11-2018-0070
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Entrepreneurial tendencies, Work autonomy, Organizational structure, Job performance
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10081405
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