Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Leader self -efficacy and resource allocation decisions: A study of small business contractors in the Federal marketspace
by Frey, Robert S., D.Mgt., University of Maryland University College, 2009, 115; 3386640
Abstract (Summary)

This study examined the extent to which small business leaders’ self-perceived strengths (self-efficacy) influence their resource allocation decisions. Small businesses are typically resource-constrained and more reliant on the leader as sole decision maker, making an understanding of decision factors important. The question examined is whether a small business leader’s self-perceived business strength will influence the decision to invest people and dollars in that particular support function of the business. The relationship between self-efficacy and resource allocation in small businesses that support the federal government is examined using the resource-based view (RBV) of the firm as an interpretive lens. Firm overhead resources allocated in 2008 and 2009 served as indicators of resource allocation decisions. Analysis of responses from 577 small businesses suggest that knowing the leader’s perceived area of self-efficacy improves the ability to predict how organizational resources will be allocated. Further research on factors that influence small business leaders’ resource allocation decisions is warranted.

Keywords. Self-efficacy; Leader decision making; Resource-based view of the firm; Small businesses; Entrepreneurship; Federal government marketspace

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Mierzwa, Thomas
Commitee: Andriasova, Anna V., Hannah, Christina, Witz, Laura D.
School: University of Maryland University College
Department: Doctor of Management Program
School Location: United States -- Maryland
Source: DAI-A 70/12, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Entrepreneurship, Management
Keywords: Entrepreneurship, Federal government, Federal government marketspace, Leader decision-making, Resource allocation, Resource-based view of the firm, Self-efficacy, Small business, Small businesses
Publication Number: 3386640
ISBN: 978-1-109-52252-5
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