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When is Entrepreneurial leadership most effective

Zijlstra, P.H. (2014) When is Entrepreneurial leadership most effective.

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Abstract:Objective: The objective is to identify differences between Entrepreneurial Leadership, Leadership and Entrepreneurship literature. In that way a clear answer can be given about what Entrepreneurial Leadership actually is, and the contribution of Entrepreneurial leadership towards current Leadership theories. For that, all written articles about Entrepreneurial Leadership should be examined and managers should be interviewed in order to investigate whether Entrepreneurial leadership is only performed in Entrepreneurial environments or not. The following research questions are created: When is Entrepreneurial leadership most effective? - What is Entrepreneurial leadership? - How does Entrepreneurial leadership compare to other general/other leadership theories? Divergence or convergence - When is Entrepreneurial leadership considered more effective than other forms of leadership? Literature: A literature review is provided. Methodology: A literature review is conducted together with qualitative semi-structured interviewing. The sample consisted of 16 entrepreneurs and 16 managers. The critical incident technique was used in order to conduct an example of the entrepreneur and manager about applying Entrepreneurial leadership in a specific situation. Conclusions: Entrepreneurial leadership seems to be related with Autonomy, Creativity, Proactivity and Risk taking. Also it seems that there overall there are no specific differences between managers and entrepreneurs. Only that Entrepreneurs are more inside-out driven and manager outside-in. Therefore manager tend to use Entrepreneurial leadership more often than Entrepreneurs. Concluding that Entrepreneurial leadership is no leadership style but more a dimension driven strategy in order to accomplish a goal. Several leadership styles can be used in order to achieve that goal.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Administration MSc (60644)
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