International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

The Influence of Entrepreneurship on Resource Bricolage: The Moderating Effect of Moral Leadership-A Case Study of Owners of Small and Medium Enterprises in Taiwan
Wei-Shang Fan, Kuo-Chung Huang, Ping-Yu Chiang

This study was conducted withowners of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Taiwan as the research subjects.Survey data werecollected from 236 SME owners, andexploratory and confirmatory analysis on the reliability and validity of the datawere performed, followed bya hierarchical regression analysis. The results indicated that (1) SME ownerswith higher levels ofentrepreneurshipskills would be more actively engaged in resource bricolage to alleviate the problems and limitations facing the SMEs; (2) SME owners with a higher degree of moral leadership would be more supported for their resource bricolage behavior; (3) SME ownersusing their entrepreneurshipskills to perform resource bricolage would be subject to a negative moderating effect of their own moral leadership, that is, the lower the degree of moral leadership, the more effective the resource bricolage, which implies that when SME ownersareperformingresource bricolage, they may focus on onlysolving the problems and restrictions facing their SMEs while failing to pay attention to moral concerns in the process of resource bricolage. The findings in this study demonstrate a negative moderating effect of moral leadership in SME owners on the relationship between entrepreneurship and resource bricolage when SME owners are faced with resource scarcity and restrictions.

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