The Antecedents of Corporate Entrepreneurship: Multilevel, Multisource Evidence

Yi-Ying Chang, Paul Hughes, Ian R. Hodgkinson, Che-Yuan Chang*, Yi-Tai Seih

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This study employed a resource-based view to develop a multilevel model of firm-level high-performance work systems, dyad-level human capital, firm-level bridging ties and unit-level corporate entrepreneurship. We collected multisource and multilevel data from 420 senior managers, 1260 managers and 3348 employees of 210 units from 96 Taiwanese manufacturing and service sectors firms. The results revealed that dyad-level human capital partially mediated the relationship between firm-level high-performance work systems and unit-level corporate entrepreneurship and firm-level bridging ties moderated the effect of firm-level high-performance work systems on unit-level corporate entrepreneurship through dyad-level human capital. Our findings contribute to corporate entrepreneurship by exploring its antecedent and indirect effect from a resource-based perspective. Furthermore, we have found that the indirect influence of firm-level high-performance work systems and unit-level corporate entrepreneurship varies as a function of the bridging ties at the firm level. This paper advances existing research by offering new insights in the area of corporate entrepreneurship.
Original languageEnglish
JournalReview of Managerial Science
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)355-390
Number of pages36
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2022
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Published online: 7 February 2021.


  • Corporate entrepreneurship
  • High performance work systems
  • Bridging ties
  • Human capital
  • Resource-based view

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