Handbook on Organisational Entrepreneurship
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Handbook on Organisational Entrepreneurship

Edited by Daniel Hjorth

Organisational entrepreneurship represents an interdisciplinary field of research that relates organisation, entrepreneurship and innovation studies in new ways. This Handbook establishes the scope of this interdisciplinary domain, challenges our perception of relationships between organisation(s) and entrepreneurship, and asks new questions central to our capacity to describe, analyse and understand organisational entrepreneurship.
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Chapter 20: Moving and being moved: ideas, perspectives and 59 theses on entrepreneurial leadership

Daniel Hjorth and William B. Gartner


Leadership, as we will propose and discuss this here, relies on the receptivity to and of the other, as with the relationship between an author and her readers. Leading is in this sense a relational act that relies on my openness to the other, and the other’s openness to me, and makes use of this power to be aff ected so as to increase the other’s power to act. This means there is a dynamic of rest and movement, where leadership – of the entrepreneurial kind in particular – moves other bodies from rest (and receptivity) to movement (and spontaneity) for the purpose of increasing social/ collective productivity, or again, in the case of entrepreneurial leadership, social/collective creativity. However, movement on the part of the led (as with reader) also aff ect the leader (or author), and a story initiated by an author will thus develop with reception and commentaries to consider. This dynamic between leader and led is crucial for leadership to work as a force that increases a collective’s capacity for creativity. Whereas leadership research in the industrial economic era (nineteenth and twentieth centuries) has emphasised action and determination, conflating it with management or at least downplaying the need to differentiate it from management (Yukl, 1989: 5), we will suggest that for postindustrial leadership to be successful, indeed, even meaningful, it would have to shift towards this dynamics between moving people and being moved. Mastering this dynamics will be important for leadership to become entrepreneurial, defined here as mobilising collective creativity in organisational contexts.

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