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Entrepreneurial leadership, human capital management, and global competitiveness: An empirical study of Taiwanese MNCs

Ya‐Hui Ling (Department of Business Administration, I‐Shou University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, ROC)
Bih‐Shiaw Jaw (Institute of Human Resource Management, National Sun Yat‐sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, ROC)

Journal of Chinese Human Resource Management

ISSN: 2040-8005

Article publication date: 13 September 2011




The purpose of this paper is to explore the relationships among top management teams' (TMS) entrepreneurial leadership, international human capital management (IHCM), and global competitiveness.


Given the exploratory nature of this research, the authors adopted a purposive sampling process and targeted companies headquartered in Taiwan but with foreign subsidiaries. In addition to in‐depth interview, a questionnaires survey was administered to secure information from either top managers or human resources professionals. Altogether, 114 companies took part in the study.


The results indicated that entrepreneurial leadership of TMS not only had direct positive influences on a firm's IHCM, but also had indirect positive influences on a firm's global competiveness through the meditating effects of IHCM.


One contribution of this study is the development of appropriate metrics to measure a firm's “IHCM” practices that enhance a firm's global competiveness. A second contribution is the development of metrics of a firm's global competiveness and to explain a firm's global competiveness from a human capital management perspective. Additionally, this study contributed to the literature by empirically investigating the mediating effect of IHCM on the relationship between TMS entrepreneurial leadership and global competiveness relationship.



Ling, Y. and Jaw, B. (2011), "Entrepreneurial leadership, human capital management, and global competitiveness: An empirical study of Taiwanese MNCs", Journal of Chinese Human Resource Management, Vol. 2 No. 2, pp. 117-135.



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