Personality traits and bricolage as drivers of sustainable social responsibility in family SMEs: A COVID‐19 perspective

Business and Society Review 126 (1):37-68 (2021)
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Abstract

Motivated by the social and environmental challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, this research examines the influence of the “big five” personality traits; extroversion, agreeableness, openness, conscientiousness, and neuroticism on sustainable social responsibility with a mediating role of bricolage. We collected empirical evidence from 245 family-owned SMEs. The results indicate that the personality traits do not directly influence sustainable social responsibility, although the traits (except extroversion) influence bricolage. Moreover, we found that open, conscious, and agreeable personalities indirectly contribute to sustainable social responsibility, with bricolage as a mediator. Our findings encourage enterprises to focus on those personality traits during crises (especially COVID-19) that empower people to effectively manage existing resources (e.g., bricolage) and protect their stakeholders. Family-owned SMEs need to assign resource utilization tasks to family members having personalities of openness, conscientiousness, and neuroticism because these kinds of people have high capacities for bricolage.

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