Separated at birth: An inquiry on the conceptual independence of the entrepreneurship and the leadership constructs

Richard C. Becherer (University of Tennessee - Chattanooga)
Mark E. Mendenhall (University of Tennessee - Chattanooga)
Karen Ford Eickhoff (University of Tennessee - Chattanooga)

New England Journal of Entrepreneurship

ISSN: 2574-8904

Article publication date: 1 March 2008

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Abstract

Entrepreneurship and leadership may flow from the same genealogical source and the appearance of separation of the two constructs may be due to differences in the contexts through which the root phenomenon flows. Entrepreneurship and leadership are figuratively different manifestations of the need to create. To better understand the origin of entrepreneurship and leadership, research must first focus on the combinations or hierarchy of traits that are necessary, but perhaps not sufficient, to stimulate the two constructs. Factors that trigger a drive to create or take initiative within the individual in the context of a particular circumstance should be identified, and the situational factors that move the individual toward more traditional leader or classic entrepreneurial-type behaviors need to be understood.

Citation

Becherer, R.C., Mendenhall, M.E. and Eickhoff, K.F. (2008), "Separated at birth: An inquiry on the conceptual independence of the entrepreneurship and the leadership constructs", New England Journal of Entrepreneurship, Vol. 11 No. 2, pp. 13-27. https://doi.org/10.1108/NEJE-11-02-2008-B002

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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