Entrepreneurs’ personal beliefs determine how external information, conditions and stimuli are filtered, interpreted and incorporated into a decision, which has a profound impact on firm performance. Spirituality, one of the most prominent aspects of personal beliefs, derives from the effects of both personal and social religious practices and confidence about the existence of a supreme being. Based on primary data collected from members of an association of firms that share the same principles and values, this paper analyses the effect that the entrepreneur’s personal beliefs have on the possibility to learn from the network and, therefore, improve his or her firm’s performance. We find that the effect of shared beliefs on network-based learning is positively mediated by the cultural compatibility, creativity and sense of identity of the entrepreneurs in the network.

Is there a supreme being controlling the universe? Entrepreneurs’ personal beliefs and their impact on network learning / Ceci, Federica; Prencipe, Andrea. - In: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND SMALL BUSINESS. - ISSN 1476-1297. - 38:3(2019), pp. 359-378. [10.1504/IJESB.2019.103436]

Is there a supreme being controlling the universe? Entrepreneurs’ personal beliefs and their impact on network learning

Andrea Prencipe
2019

Abstract

Entrepreneurs’ personal beliefs determine how external information, conditions and stimuli are filtered, interpreted and incorporated into a decision, which has a profound impact on firm performance. Spirituality, one of the most prominent aspects of personal beliefs, derives from the effects of both personal and social religious practices and confidence about the existence of a supreme being. Based on primary data collected from members of an association of firms that share the same principles and values, this paper analyses the effect that the entrepreneur’s personal beliefs have on the possibility to learn from the network and, therefore, improve his or her firm’s performance. We find that the effect of shared beliefs on network-based learning is positively mediated by the cultural compatibility, creativity and sense of identity of the entrepreneurs in the network.
spirituality; entrepreneurship; personal beliefs; network based learning; cognitive proximity.
Is there a supreme being controlling the universe? Entrepreneurs’ personal beliefs and their impact on network learning / Ceci, Federica; Prencipe, Andrea. - In: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND SMALL BUSINESS. - ISSN 1476-1297. - 38:3(2019), pp. 359-378. [10.1504/IJESB.2019.103436]
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