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E-Leadership in small and medium-sized enterprises in the developing world

Belitski, M. and Liversage, B. (2019) E-Leadership in small and medium-sized enterprises in the developing world. Technology Innovation Management Review, 9 (1). pp. 64-74. ISSN 1927-0321

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Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) play an important role in the economies of many developing countries. A critical challenge faced by SME leaders, as digitization continues, is how to adopt digital technologies to create value and enable faster product commercialization. There is a paucity of empirical research examining how e-leadership in SMEs drives technology and new product commercialization processes in the developing world. In this study, we have broadened the notion of what constitutes e-leadership, from the perspective of how advanced information technologies affect the leadership dynamic and the appropriation of advanced information technologies. Although there have been several studies on leading technologies in developed countries, we focus on developing an e-leadership framework for SMEs in developing economies. Using this framework and five selection criteria, we conducted 11 interviews with a sample of successful SMEs selected from a pool of 2,240 firms in the city of Johannesburg, South Africa. We conclude by highlighting the five key findings of this study, which explain how SMEs can develop effective e-leadership to foster commercialization and improve firm performance.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Henley Business School > Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
ID Code:81985
Publisher:Talent First Network (Carleton University)


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