The Leadership Profile of Established Women Entrepreneurs in Massachusetts: 2000-2006


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Leadership capability is widely considered a critical variable in the success of a growing business. The purpose of this paper is to empirically test whether there are managerial differences between founder and non-founder CEOs of small and medium sized enterprises. We report preliminary findings of a study of 173 chief executives and their firms, examining measures of proactive behavior, strategic posture, and organization structure. Our findings show that founder of CEOs are significantly more likely than non-founder chief executives to have a proactive disposition and point to the possibility of an indirect effect of that disposition on managerial style.


Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations | Women's Studies

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