USASBE 2019 Annual Conference: Collaborative Research and Learning

What Changes Designer-Entrepreneurs into Successful Business Leaders: Exploring the Role of Ambidextrous Leadership

Identified indicators of exploration versus exploitation (March, 1991) using Content analysis using NVivo software with 100 fashion designer-entrepreneurs [64 male, 36 female; see Fashion Designers slide for list] to explore individual ambidexterity through secondary data in published interviews [Sources: 53 Women's Wear Daily 2004 - 2014; 24 Footwear News 2001 - 2016; see Journals slide in presentation for remaining magazines]. Themes of dynamic relationships and ambidextrous leadership were identified. Presentation is foundation for journal article in progress.

An etic approach to examine EE building in the MENA region

The study of EE at country level is often examined within the boundary of a country’s own institutions, infrastructure, culture, and people, without considering major external influences from other countries or world power. Past literature in EE seldom discusses the relevance and importance of global geopolitical issues impacting a country’s path to EE building. Given the imbalance of world power among nations, in the study of developing economies and their EE, it is important to understand geopolitical issues and their impact on indigenous EE formation.

Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship Research Agenda

Recent research in entrepreneurial ecosystems views entrepreneurs as the main actors within the systems of institutions and infrastructures.   Focusing on the digital economy, this Center is interested in investigating how digitalization, i.e., leveraging the use of Internet technologies, has enabled entrepreneurs to operate beyond endowment of factors within a region.  We are interested in understanding how entrepreneurs in regions faced with depopulation, e.g., inner cities, or unfavourable endowment of factors can leverage the use of digital technologies and their digital infrastructures to start, grow, and sustain their businesses.  First, access to Internet is a requirement to become a participant in the digital economy.  Second, digital skills are essential to leverage digital technologies to engage in entrepreneurship in digital business.  Third, governance of digital ecosystem impacts entrepreneurs’ ability to compete in the digital economy.  Do regions faced with depopulation or unfavourable endowment of factors also fall behind in these three dimensions?  

Catalyzing Cross-Generational Entrepreneurship


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