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The Relationships Among Leadership Styles, Entrepreneurial Orientation, and Business Performance


  • Chung-Wen Yang

    (Cheng Shiu University, Taiwan)


This study aims to contribute to the knowledge of leadership styles and entrepreneurial orientation at small and medium enterprises as well as their effects on business performance. This study examines how leadership style can affect the development and implementation of entrepreneurial orientation in small and medium enterprises in Taiwan. It is also designed to examine the effects of leadership styles and entrepreneurial orientation on business performance. Significant conclusions from this study are that different leadership styles may affect business performance; that transformational leadership is significantly more correlated to the business performance than is transactional leadership and passive-avoidant leadership; that entrepreneurial orientation is positively related to performance; and that transformational leadership with higher entrepreneurial orientation can contribute to higher business performance.

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  • Chung-Wen Yang, 2008. "The Relationships Among Leadership Styles, Entrepreneurial Orientation, and Business Performance," Managing Global Transitions, University of Primorska, Faculty of Management Koper, vol. 6(3), pages 257-275.
  • Handle: RePEc:mgt:youmgt:v:6:y:2008:i:3:p:257-275

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    1. N. Venkatraman, 1989. "Strategic Orientation of Business Enterprises: The Construct, Dimensionality, and Measurement," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 35(8), pages 942-962, August.
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    leadership styles; entrepreneurial orientation; business performance;

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    • M10 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - General


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