Personality composition and performance in entrepreneurial teams: understanding the impact of stability and plasticity traits in a relative contribution model

Tobias Kollmann, Christoph Stockmann, Jana W. Linstaedt, Julia M. Kensbock*

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Abstract

Considering that personalities of entrepreneurs are diverse, we examine how the personality composition of entrepreneurial teams affects team performance. Given the specific challenges of the entrepreneurship setting, we suggest a new understanding of the team composition-team performance link by (1) taking a meta-perspective to personality that considers the stability vs. plasticity underlying the Big Five traits and by (2) applying a relative contribution (minimum/maximum) conceptualisation of team composition. We conduct a quantitative study with 104 entrepreneurial teams. Our findings indicate that high entrepreneurial team performance requires all team members to have minimum levels of stability-related traits (agreeableness, emotional stability, conscientiousness), but only one team member with high plasticity-related traits (openness, extraversion).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)262-287
Number of pages26
JournalInternational Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing
Volume13
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • entrepreneurial teams
  • team diversity
  • team composition
  • personality traits
  • team performance
  • big five
  • stability
  • plasticity
  • HIGHER-ORDER FACTORS
  • DEEP-LEVEL DIVERSITY
  • TOP MANAGEMENT TEAMS
  • BIG 5
  • FIRM PERFORMANCE
  • CONTEXTUAL PERFORMANCE
  • PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
  • TASK-PERFORMANCE
  • JOB-PERFORMANCE
  • SURFACE-LEVEL

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