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The effects of CEO’s personality traits (Big 5) and a CEO’s external network on innovation performance in SMEs.

Weele, Inger ter (2013) The effects of CEO’s personality traits (Big 5) and a CEO’s external network on innovation performance in SMEs.

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Abstract:This study researches the effects of CEO’s personality traits (Big 5) and the CEO’s external network contacts in SMEs on the performance of innovation. As a lot of studies describe the individual relationship between the personality traits or external network contacts and innovation performance, this study is going deeper in on the suggestion of Hambrick that not only personalities or strategic decision making has an influence on innovation performance but that there could also be combinations that are related to innovation performance. Another point of discussion in this research is the quality and quantity of an external network. Since there are studies who conclude that for a positive effect on innovation performance a CEO should have a large network, while other studies suggest that also with a small network a CEO could have a positive influence on innovation performance in a SME. By this study it can be concluded that there is indeed a combinations that lead to innovation performance while one of them individually not leads to innovation performance. Personality traits have individually an influence on innovation performance but external network contacts needs the combination with personality traits to have an influence on innovation performance.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:International Business Administration BSc (50952)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/64356
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