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Discourses of entrepreneurial leadership : exposing myths and exploring new approaches.

Dean, Hannah and Ford, Jackie (2017) 'Discourses of entrepreneurial leadership : exposing myths and exploring new approaches.', International small business journal., 35 (2). pp. 178-196.

Abstract

This article explores gender and entrepreneurial leadership, notably the meanings female entrepreneurs ascribe to notions of entrepreneurial leadership. Drawing from interviews with female business owners, the article questions the dominant hegemonic masculine entrepreneurial leadership model as well as that reportedly associated with women. Research findings illuminate the fluidity and variability of the entrepreneurial leadership construct. Our feminist poststructural lens and critical leadership stance adds new insight into the multiple subjectivities of entrepreneurs and surfaces contradiction and tension that shape the very sense of their entrepreneurial selves. By questioning accepted knowledge, this research offers new perspectives on the multiple realities of entrepreneurial leadership, which should be heeded by policy makers, academics and practitioners alike.

Item Type:Article
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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1177/0266242616668389
Publisher statement:Dean, Hannah and Ford, Jackie (2017) 'Discourses of entrepreneurial leadership : exposing myths and exploring new approaches.', International small business journal., 35 (2). pp. 178-196. Copyright © 2016 The Author(s). Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.
Date accepted:01 August 2016
Date deposited:14 November 2016
Date of first online publication:01 March 2017
Date first made open access:14 November 2016

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