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Understanding and Measuring Entrepreneurial Leadership Style

Journal of Small Business Management, Forthcoming

47 Pages Posted: 4 Sep 2012  

Maija Renko

University of Illinois at Chicago

Ayman El Tarabishy

George Washington University

Alan Carsrud

Åbo Akademi University

Malin Brännback

Åbo Akademi University

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Date Written: August 31, 2012

Abstract

While entrepreneurial leadership is embraced in the popular press and in classrooms, academic knowledge remains underdeveloped. We develop the construct of entrepreneurial leadership and argue that it involves influencing and directing the performance of group members toward achieving those organizational goals that involve recognizing and exploiting entrepreneurial opportunities. We discuss environmental, organizational, and follower-specific contingencies that may influence the success of entrepreneurial leadership, and we test the reliability and validity of an empirical measure for this construct (the ENTRELEAD scale). Using this novel measurement tool we find that entrepreneurial leadership is more prevalent among founder-leaders than non-founder leaders, which indicates construct validity.

Keywords: Entrepreneurship, leadership, entrepreneurial leadership

JEL Classification: M13

Suggested Citation

Renko, Maija and El Tarabishy, Ayman and Carsrud, Alan and Brännback, Malin, Understanding and Measuring Entrepreneurial Leadership Style (August 31, 2012). Journal of Small Business Management, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2139543

Maija Renko (Contact Author)

University of Illinois at Chicago ( email )

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Ayman Tarabishy

George Washington University ( email )

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United States

Alan Carsrud

Åbo Akademi University ( email )

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Abo, Turku FIN-20500
Finland

Malin Brännback

Åbo Akademi University ( email )

Piispankatu 16
Abo, Turku FIN-20500
Finland

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