Research Handbook on Entrepreneurial Teams
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Research Handbook on Entrepreneurial Teams

Theory and Practice

Edited by Cyrine Ben-Hafaïedh and Thomas M. Cooney

This book reinforces the value and importance of entrepreneurial teams within the entrepreneurship literature. The expert group of contributors identifies and develops various key areas of research on entrepreneurship teams and suggests the way ahead for future research in the area. The contributors expand on the existing literature on entrepreneurial teams by first revisiting the most recent framework applied to entrepreneurial teams (that is the Inputs-Mediators-Outputs-Inputs model) and then advancing our understanding of issues such as formation, structuring, deep-level diversity and emergent states. The book additionally considers different contexts of application with reference to their commonalities and specificities and investigates under-researched areas such as entrepreneurial teams within indigenous communities, ethnically diverse groups and women entrepreneurs. The contributors present practice-relevant research and offer researchers a platform from which they can explore new insights into the phenomenon of entrepreneurial teams.
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Chapter 8: Dispositional antecedents of shared leadership emergent states on entrepreneurial teams

Wencang Zhou and Donald Vredenburgh

Abstract

In distinction to the common image of the exceptional, individualistic entrepreneur establishing enterprises, entrepreneurial teams frequently build new ventures. These complex teams require some structuring, including leadership structuring. Using 144 Chinese entrepreneurial teams as a sample, this research investigates the dispositional antecedents that facilitate development of shared leadership and the performance consequence of this leadership model. The results show that select Big Five personality mean scores and diversity scores predict shared leadership and that shared leadership is positively related to entrepreneurial team performance. These findings advance the understanding of shared leadership in entrepreneurial teams and provide practical implications regarding entrepreneurial team structuring.

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