While organizational contexts have an influence on leadership and some of their characteristics may facilitate (through weak structures) or inhibit (through strong structures) the behaviors of leaders, the extent of their influence has rarely been studied. Indeed, research on the influence of some types of contexts (entrepreneurial vs. non¿entrepreneurial) on the emergence of certain variables (motives of leaders) is even scarcer. This paper analyses this influence in 40 companies, interviewing their leaders to obtain a qualitative register of their motives, and administering questionnaires to members of their respective management teams. The hypothesis considered was that in 'weak' context (entrepreneurial) the motives of leaders would be more salient than in strong contexts (non-entrepreneurial). The results largely confirm this hypothesis with respect to behaviors that are directly related to three main motives (power, affiliation and achievement). These results are discussed, and practical suggestions are given for future research.

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Martí Ripoll, Margarita; Gil Rodríguez, Francisco; Barrasa , Ángel; Antino , Mirko

Leadership in entrepreneurial organizations: Contexts and motives

11/2010
While organizational contexts have an influence on leadership and some of their characteristics may facilitate (through weak structures) or inhibit (through strong structures) the behaviors of leaders, the extent of their influence has rarely been studied. Indeed, research on the influence of some types of contexts (entrepreneurial vs. non¿entrepreneurial) on the emergence of certain variables (motives of leaders) is even scarcer. This paper analyses this influence in 40 companies, interviewing their leaders to obtain a qualitative register of their motives, and administering questionnaires to members of their respective management teams. The hypothesis considered was that in 'weak' context (entrepreneurial) the motives of leaders would be more salient than in strong contexts (non-entrepreneurial). The results largely confirm this hypothesis with respect to behaviors that are directly related to three main motives (power, affiliation and achievement). These results are discussed, and practical suggestions are given for future research.
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Leadership in entrepreneurial organizations: Contexts and motives
Martí Ripoll, Margarita; Gil Rodríguez, Francisco; Barrasa , Ángel; Antino , Mirko
Psicothema
Vol. 22, nº 4, 11/2010, p. 880 - 886

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