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Entrepreneurial leadership: trigger or obstacle for employees’ organizational commitment?

Gerdes, Svenja (2014) Entrepreneurial leadership: trigger or obstacle for employees’ organizational commitment?

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Abstract:A highly competitive and fast changing environment is a challenge that many organizations have to face often requiring an entrepreneurial leadership. However, in order to have an effective work-performance, entrepreneurial leaders need to gain employees’ organizational commitment. Therefore, the present research investigates the effect on entrepreneurial leadership on employees’ organizational commitment and suitable approaches that leaders should follow creating a positive effect. Relevant academic literature is reviewed to explore the main entrepreneurial attitudes that an entrepreneurial leader wants to encourage in employees. Further, a qualitative research in form of interviews is conducted with 75 people in a leading position in order to investigate suitable approaches for gaining employees’ organizational commitment. Findings indicate that the effect depends on two different levels, the leader and employee level; the leader can moderate the effect by incorporating different approaches. However those moderating approaches are limited as the employees’ individual character antecedes entrepreneurial attitudes which make each employee perceive entrepreneurial leadership differently. The moderated effect of entrepreneurial leadership on employees’ organizational commitment is explained in the proposed ELEC model. It is concluded that entrepreneurial leaders obtain the best effect when providing support, transparency, trust, spirit and a no-blame-culture and no force.
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/65308
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