Langowitz, Nan S.; Allen, I. Elaine
January 2008
USASBE Conference Proceedings;2008, p1
Conference Paper
Leadership capability is widely considered a critical variable in the success of a growing business. The purpose of this paper is to empirically test whether there are managerial differences between founder and non-founder CEOs of small and medium sized enterprises. We report preliminary findings of a study of 173 chief executives and their firms, examining measures of proactive behavior, strategic posture, and organization structure. Our findings show that founder CEOs are significantly more likely than non-founder chief executives to have a proactive disposition and point to the possibility of an indirect effect of that disposition on managerial style.


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