Survey data on organizational culture and entrepreneurial orientation in German family firms

Published: 28 August 2020| Version 2 | DOI: 10.17632/y32vp8tgdg.2
Christopher Arz, Andreas Kuckertz


This dataset represents assessments of entrepreneurial orientation and organizational culture variables obtained from a web-based survey addressing owners and/or CEOs of German family firms. Survey data was collected via an anonymous self-administered web-based questionnaire addressing the owners and/or CEOs of German family firms. Data collection took place between December 2017 and February 2018. Researchers used a key informant approach at the top management level of analysis. An invitation and a link to a web-based survey were sent by email to the owners and/or CEOs of the firms identified. After several reminders, the study yielded 404 responses for an initial response rate of 11.4%. The final data includes 208 complete cases. Data covers five dimensions of entrepreneurial orientation (innovativeness, proactiveness, risk taking, autonomy, competitive aggressiveness), three dimensions of long-term orientation (futurity, perseverance, continuity), six dimensions of stewardship climate (organizational identification, collectivist orientation, power distance, involvement orientation, use of personal power, intrinsic motivation), three dimensions of learning orientation (commitment to learning, shared vision, open-mindedness), willingness to change, error management culture, and family commitment culture. Additionally, firm-level attributes (e.g., industry, age, size) and top management-level characteristics (e.g., generational involvement, involvement of the founder) are included.



Universitat Hohenheim


Family Business, Strategy, Corporate Entrepreneurship