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Hustlers, hipsters and hackers : Potential employees’ stereotypes of entrepreneurial leaders

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Rudic, Biljana ; Hubner, Sylvia ; Baum, Matthias:
Hustlers, hipsters and hackers : Potential employees’ stereotypes of entrepreneurial leaders.
In: Journal of Business Venturing Insights. Vol. 15 (June 2021) . - No. e00220.
ISSN 2352-6734
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbvi.2020.e00220

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Entrepreneurs’ ability to acquire resources, including human resources, is dependent on others’ beliefs and expectations about what is ‘typical’ in an entrepreneurial context. This paper explores beliefs and expectations of how a typical entrepreneurial leader behaves and looks like, i.e. the ‘entrepreneurial leader stereotype’, from the perspective of potential employees. To analyze and describe those entrepreneurial leader stereotypes, we build on leadership categorization theory and stereotyping literature, and conduct an explorative interview study. Our data suggests that potential employees’ entrepreneurial leader stereotypes are associated with specific leadership behaviors and are cognitively associated with certain groups of individuals. We identify three categories of entrepreneurial leader stereotypes: the ‘hustler’, the ‘hipster’, and the ‘hacker’ – all associated with entrepreneurial leadership, men, and youth. We discuss the implications of our findings for entrepreneurship, recruitment, and leadership research, and for recruiting entrepreneurs.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Entrepreneurship stereotypes; Leadership stereotypes; Entrepreneurial leadership style; Age; Gender; Startups
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration > Chair Business Administration XVI > Chair Business Administration XVI - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Matthias Baum
Result of work at the UBT: No
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 330 Economics
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2021 09:28
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2021 09:28
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/62470