Entrepreneurial leadership styles : a comparative study between Startups and mature firms

Brüggemann, Henning (2014) Entrepreneurial leadership styles : a comparative study between Startups and mature firms.

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Abstract:Lots of reasons lead to rise and fall Startup. A critical success factor can be the leadership styles of entrepreneurs. However, as the business and the workforce grow the founders need to be aware of a growing responsibility towards their employees. They might lose sight of leading their employees in the most beneficial way. This article shows scientific theories about entrepreneurial leadership and tries to build a link to Startups. Several propositions are derived from related theories and will serve as a basis for the research. The theoretical framework will be enlarged by a comparative study between Startups and mature firms. Findings provide evidence for the application of entrepreneurial leadership across industries and firm sizes. Though, several findings indicate a similarity between the two types of businesses, a few noticeable differences have been identified during the analysis of the interviews. Both types of firms pursue a democratic, goal oriented and transformational leadership style. Nevertheless, Startups do not draw a clear line between leading entrepreneurially and not leading to ad hoc decisions.
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/65376
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