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Sailing through storms: A practical exhibition of entrepreneurial leadership methods
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Business Administration.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Business Administration.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Weathering the entrepreneurial storm is considered by many an art form in itself but an undeniable, universal truth is the unilateral impact of an extraordinary leader on the chances of triumph in the face of great adversity. Yet the focus of academic studies all too often concerns the understanding of the weather patterns, the choice of captain and the direction of the ship rather than how to turn the wheel, raise the mast or set the sails. This study has the aim of deciphering the routines, actions and methods of entrepreneurial leaders so as to produce tangible, actionable knowledge which real practitioners can bestow upon themselves. This is a collective case study which examines ten entrepreneurial leaders from various cities throughout Sweden using semi-structured, in-depth interviews. The findings pertain to routines, activities and methods that they use to fulfil five roles of effective entrepreneurial leadership which are further boiled down to 52 thematic strategies. These strategies are then aligned into five fundamental skills; encompassing a collective approach, building individual relationships, fragmentation, dynamic perspective and utilising feedback. We believe that through developing these skills that entrepreneurial leaders can better cultivate their own routines, activities and methods contingent to their particular circumstance and transaction set.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , 66 p.
Keyword [en]
entrepreneurship, leadership, entrepreneurial leadership, entrepreneurial management, management, transformational leadership, entrepreneurial leaders, innovation, innovation management, innovation leadership, star-ups, start-ups sweden, swedish leadership, new-venture creation, startups, startups sweden, startups leadership, startups management, start-ups management, managerial entrepreneurship, new leadership, modern leadership, modern entrepreneurship, ceo, entrepreneurial executives, leadership methods, practical leadership
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-136021OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-136021DiVA: diva2:1108791
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International Business Program
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Available from: 2017-06-13 Created: 2017-06-13 Last updated: 2017-06-13Bibliographically approved

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