I have a dream: the role of signalling in entrepreneurial leadership

Jacques Hefti, Jonathan Levie

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Abstract

We employ signalling theory to explore critical features of entrepreneurial leadership. Signalling theory emphasises the importance of transmitting a signal that is credible to the receiver. Entrepreneurial leaders must create and successfully cast a vision (the signal) to three different categories of receiver. The first category is the entrepreneurial leader him- or herself. We call this signal transmission ‘entrepreneurial self-leadership’. The second category is the team of founders and team members of the organisation. This signal transmission is ‘leading inside the organisation’. The third category is key stakeholders and the institutional context of the organisation. This signal transmission is ‘leading beyond the organisation’. A model of entrepreneurial leadership and organisational performance that incorporates the role of entrepreneurial vision is proposed. Implications of this view of entrepreneurial leadership for entrepreneurial leaders, their employees and stakeholders, and for entrepreneurship educators are discussed, and proposals are made for further research.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - Sep 2014
EventRencontres St Gall - St Gallen, Switzerland
Duration: 1 Sep 20142 Sep 2014

Conference

ConferenceRencontres St Gall
CountrySwitzerland
CitySt Gallen
Period1/09/142/09/14

Keywords

  • entrepreneurial leadership
  • entrepreneurial activity

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'I have a dream: the role of signalling in entrepreneurial leadership'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this

    Hefti, J., & Levie, J. (2014). I have a dream: the role of signalling in entrepreneurial leadership. Paper presented at Rencontres St Gall, St Gallen, Switzerland.