Social goal commitment in entrepreneurial teams: an entrepreneurship education experiment

Anneleen van Boxtael, Madis Talmar, Ksenia S. Podoynitsyna, Rainer Harms, Lisa J.L. Ploum, Victor Scholten

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Abstract

Although values and motivations of entrepreneurs are thought to impact key decisions and performance during business venturing, research in this field is still scarce. Organizational psychology and entrepreneurship literature has suggested that social value orientation (SVO) might affect entrepreneurial behavior. In this article, we hypothesized about the relationship between social value orientation and entrepreneurial performance in the context of entrepreneurial teams. We have developed preliminary insights through an entrepreneurial educational field experiment with students being sampled in teams based on proself and proother orientations. As hypothesized, prosocial teams performed better, yet surprisingly altruism in teams was related to worse performance. Our preliminary findings further indicate that team relationship conflict played a positive role in prosocial teams’ performance. Although preliminary, these findings may offer promising insights to the entrepreneurial team and entrepreneurship education literature.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 28 May 2019
Event27th Annual High Technology Small Firms Conference, HTSF 2019 - University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands
Duration: 27 May 201928 May 2019
Conference number: 27

Conference

Conference27th Annual High Technology Small Firms Conference, HTSF 2019
Abbreviated titleHTSF
CountryNetherlands
CityEnschede
Period27/05/1928/05/19

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    van Boxtael, A., Talmar, M., Podoynitsyna, K. S., Harms, R., Ploum, L. J. L., & Scholten, V. (2019). Social goal commitment in entrepreneurial teams: an entrepreneurship education experiment. Paper presented at 27th Annual High Technology Small Firms Conference, HTSF 2019, Enschede, Netherlands.