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Entrepreneurial Leaders - Born or made?

Entrepreneurial leadership, a form of leadership that is considered increasingly important in a variety of business contexts, remains a neglected field of study in entrepreneurship and SME research.  An exploratory study in the latest issue of Small Enterprise Research (24.2) by He et al sets out to address this situation. Through empirical research, the authors identified the personal characteristics of entrepreneurial leaders which are applicable in both small start-ups and large established organisations. The findings suggest that entrepreneurial leadership plays a critical role in venture growth and long-term entrepreneurial success and that entrepreneurs can actively acquire relevant skills and adapt their behaviour to the new role. The results presented in the study suggest entrepreneurial leadership will involve greater focus on personal integrity and the development of achievement-driven but self-transcendent or universal values, guided by a future-oriented entrepreneurial vision, incorporating personal values with socially desirable business objectives.

Why the word Entrepreneurship should be abandoned

In a challenging review in the latest issue of Small Enterprise Research (24.2), renowned entrepreneurship expert Simon Bridge contends that entrepreneurship is an invented concept and myth. Tracing the history of the phenomenon of entrepreneurship from its early 20th century origins to present day, Bridge posits that there is still no single widely accepted definition of the word entrepreneurship or accepted model of how entrepreneurship operates. Bridge argues that ‘entrepreneurship’ as currently conceived does not exist and the word should be abandoned. This provocative review confronts some of the fundamental premises of ‘entrepreneurship’ and offers thought-provoking insight to how the field might advance.

Should Governments be financing new firms?

A new research paper by David Storey and Julian Frankish in Small Enterprise Research provides insights on the risks associated with government funding of start-ups and small businesses. A longitudinal study of 6,570 SMEs over a 10 year period found high exit rates, low growth rates and only a tiny minority achieving fast growth.

SER Special Issue on Small Business Policy

Small businesses comprise the majority of all firms across most of the world's economies. They are also seen as major contributors of job creation and economic growth. This special issue of Small Enterprise Research focuses on small business policy throughout the world. Leading academic researchers and policy advisors have contributed articles to this issue, which provides a unique collection of perspectives on this important issue.

Farewell Pollenizer: what does this say about the start-up ecosystem?

The demise of the start-up accelerator Pollenizer raises questions about the ability of Australia to sustainable generate high-growth, high-tech firms that can scale globally.

Managing people in the small business to get a win-win result

Despite the importance of the SME sector to the national workforce, relatively little research has been undertaken in how workplace laws and regulations influence HRM practise within small firms. Academic studies have tended to type cast the small business workplace as representing either a “small is beautiful” or “Bleak House” scenario.

Diversity and Flexibility in the Workplace

The Australian workplace is now as highly diverse as the Australian population. However, the management of diversity remains an under researched and largely ignored field of study. It is time for a revival of Diversity Management as a strategic HRM tool.

SEAANZ Enterprise Academy launches in Fiji

The SEAANZ Enterprise Academy launched in Suva, Fiji with a five-day program from 11-15 October 2016 in conjunction with the Graduate School of Business, University of the South Pacific.

Small Enterprise Association supports entrepreneurial Angliss students

The Small Enterprise Association of Australia and New Zealand (SEAANZ) awarded scholarships to three William Angliss Institute students in recognition of their entrepreneurial skills. First prize of $2000 was awarded to Argentinian Maria Emilia Guidale who is studying and working in Australia as part of a strong personal and professional desire to advance her career in the food industry as an entrepreneur. Having previously completed a Diploma of Marketing in Argentina, Maria is currently studying a Bachelor of Culinary Management.

Why Small Businesses Are Getting LinkedIn Wrong

The social network is an inescapable part of online life for working professionals. But much of the advice on how to leverage it is targeted at big names. Over and over, I see small businesses making mistakes on LinkedIn because they are patterning their strategies after approaches that work for larger companies with huge budgets, lots of brand awareness and extensive social-media systems.