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THE EFFECT OF PRO-ENTREPRENEURIAL ARCHITECTURES AND RELATIONAL INFLUENCES ON INNOVATIVE BEHAVIOR IN A FLAT ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

Abstract

This research seeks to present and empirically examine a model of CE in a “flat” organizational structure. Building on the premise that proentrepreneurial architectures (PEA) – i.e., management support, work discretion, rewards, time availability for innovative activities and ease of development of cross-functional teams – facilitate innovative behavior, we contend that relational influences – i.e. leader-member exchange (LMX) relationships – also fundamentally impact innovative behavior, with creative self-efficacy (CSE) playing an mediating role for each. Tests of these relationships in a “flat,” IT company with the potential for innovation throughout the organization confirm the complementary role of LMX relationships but suggest the role of CSE may be more complex than postulated.

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