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Entrepreneurial leadership and its effect on the social performance of the organisation

Greef, A.M. de (2014) Entrepreneurial leadership and its effect on the social performance of the organisation.

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Abstract:Entrepreneurship is seen as crucial for organisations nowadays in order to remain competitive, which becomes evident in the growing literature on entrepreneurial leadership. On the other hand, organisations are evaluated on their corporate social performance both on the social (people) and environmental (planet) dimension. This exploratory research aims to answer how entrepreneurial leadership could influence the social performance of an organisation. The study is based on interviews with twenty managers from various organisations in the Netherlands. The findings of this study indicate a positive relationship between entrepreneurial leadership and social performance on the people dimension, in particular on absenteeism, employee retention and employee wellbeing. The relationship of entrepreneurial leadership on the planet dimension remains unclear as the answers did not correspond. Moreover, it is found that autonomy, pro-activeness, and taking ownership are relatively important aspects of entrepreneurial leadership in relation to the social performance. Besides, employee commitment could be a moderating variable. All findings have extensively been discussed and a conceptual model has been developed. This research contributes to existing literature as it has studied a novel field in current literature and gives recommendations for future research directions. Further, this research offers managers in organisations which strive for better social performance new approaches to achieve this.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:International Business Administration BSc (50952)
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