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Influence of past experience on leaders entrepreneurial leadership and leaders influence on entrepreneurial behavior of employees

Bojko, Tatjana (2014) Influence of past experience on leaders entrepreneurial leadership and leaders influence on entrepreneurial behavior of employees.

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Abstract:While current businesses give much emphasis on entrepreneurial leadership the previous research gave limited results on how such leadership style can be encouraged by leaders to develop an entrepreneurial behavior in employees and how it is influenced by past experience. This study combines works on entrepreneurial leadership and past experience influence on behavior for a new theoretical framework. Qualitative interview results of leaders in diverse companies show that while most leaders do encourage their employees to be entrepreneurial in categories autonomy, proactiveness, risk-taking and innovativeness they put less emphasis on letting them create networks and being strategic. Entrepreneurial leaders have to encourage their employees to work entrepreneurial to see them being engaged in entrepreneurial behavior. At the same time not all individuals are encouraged by entrepreneurial leadership as they associate their work with more hierarchy and less autonomy and risk-taking. Therefore, leaders have to identify which employees need more entrepreneurial leadership behavior and which not to gain most out of their work and motivate them. Additionally, past experience shows an influence on leaders’ behavior and leadership style regardless of the experience being positive or negative. Although, negative experience does not show a higher influence on leaders behavior it did show that it can direct the entrepreneurial behavior in a way where individuals either are discouraged to take risks if it failed before or they are more encouraged to give others autonomy and creative space if such was not given by past leaders. At the same time, if proactiveness was learned and encouraged in the past it is more potential that it will be encouraged currently as a leader.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:International Business Administration BSc (50952)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/65305
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