Prior studies demonstrate the role of various facets of CEOs’ individual characteristics in shaping a firm’s entrepreneurial orientation (EO). We complement this line of research by theorizing and testing the impact of CEOs’ social capital on EO. From an original, multisource survey data set of 122 Chinese technology firms, we find that a CEO’s bonding social capital with organizational members from various functional units has an inverted U-shaped relationship with firm EO, while the CEO’s bridging social capital with the firm’s diverse set of external stakeholders has a positive association with EO. In addition, we find that the relationship between CEO bridging social capital and EO becomes stronger as the firm’s environmental instability increases.

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Keywords entrepreneurship, CEOs, entrepreneurial orientation, CEO social capital, environmental instability
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1177/0149206312469666, hdl.handle.net/1765/51554
Series ERIM Top-Core Articles
Journal Journal of Management
Note Published online before print December 21, 2012
Cao, Q, Simsek, Z, & Jansen, J.J.P. (2012). CEO Social Capital and Entrepreneurial Orientation of the Firm: Bonding and Bridging Effects. Journal of Management, 1–26. doi:10.1177/0149206312469666