Int. J. of Business Competition and Growth   »   2014 Vol.3, No.3



Title: Performance implications of entrepreneurial stylistic fit: evidence from Australia


Author: Arash Najmaei


Address: Macquarie Graduate School of Management, 99 Talavera Road, North Ryde, Sydney, NSW 2113, Australia


Abstract: Cognitive fit theory suggests that individuals' goal achievement is enhanced when their cognitive style fits the information processing requirements of their task environment. We report novel empirical evidence in favour of this claim from the context of Australian small manufacturing firms. In general, our findings shed new light on the micro-foundation of firm performance and advance understanding of the cognitive mechanisms involved in the behaviour of strategic leaders. Drawing on these results, several theoretical and managerial implications will be presented which contribute to the theory and practice of entrepreneurial performance. We also illustrate few directions for future research.


Keywords: executive cognitive styles; cognitive fit; sales growth; perceived dynamism; firm performance; strategic leadership; micro-foundation; Australia; small firms; manufacturing industry; strategic leaders; executives; entrepreneurial performance; entrepreneurship.


DOI: 10.1504/IJBCG.2014.060315


Int. J. of Business Competition and Growth, 2014 Vol.3, No.3, pp.225 - 240


Submission date: 14 Oct 2013
Date of acceptance: 16 Nov 2013
Available online: 09 Apr 2014



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