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Entrepreneurial leadership: an exploratory study of attitudinal and behavioral patterns over the business life-cycle.

Kesidou, Eleni; Carter, Sara

Authors

Eleni Kesidou

Sara Carter



Abstract

Strategic approaches to venture creation and development highlight the importance of entrepreneurial leadership to business success, yet remarkably little is known about what entrepreneurial leaders actually do and why they do it. This study addresses these key questions through detailed analysis of six case companies, each with multiple informants reflecting on critical incidents experienced over the business life-cycle. Contextual depth is achieved by going beyond cross-sectional investigation taking a chronological lens to the temporal dimensions of behaviors characterizing entrepreneurial leadership. This approach produced novel insights into the evolving nature of entrepreneurial leadership showing that entrepreneurial leaders transit from influencing to enabling behaviors as they move from the pre-organizational to the organizational phase of the business life-cycle. The findings contribute towards the conceptual elucidation of entrepreneurial leadership as a leadership style and help unpack the choice of entrepreneurial leadership as a strategic approach to entrepreneurship.

Citation

KESIDOU, E. and CARTER, S. 2018. Entrepreneurial leadership: an exploratory study of attitudinal and behavioral patterns over the business life-cycle. International review of entrepreneurship [online], 16(1), pages 63-88. Available from: https://www.senatehall.com/entrepreneurship?article=590

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 9, 2018
Online Publication Date Mar 30, 2018
Publication Date Mar 30, 2018
Deposit Date Feb 19, 2018
Publicly Available Date Feb 11, 2019
Journal International review of entrepreneurship
Print ISSN 2009-2822
Electronic ISSN 2009-2822
Publisher Senate Hall Academic Publishing
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 16
Issue 1
Pages 63-88
Keywords Entrepreneurial leadership; Organizational emergence; Critical incident technique; Business life-cycle
Public URL http://hdl.handle.net/10059/3283
Publisher URL https://www.senatehall.com/entrepreneurship?article=590

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