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Title: A phenomenon of creative leadership in small high technology firms : the interplay of aesthetic, peace of mind, companionship and space for innovation
Author: Ab Rahman, Anis Amira Binti
Awarding Body: University of Essex
Current Institution: University of Essex
Date of Award: 2013
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This thesis aims to understand the nature of the creative leadership phenomenon in small high technology firms (SHTFs) by exploring and explaining the phenomenon. The existing landscape on creative leadership's research focuses on the outcome perspective with a sing le level analysis by utilising cognitive dimension in understanding the phenomenon. Therefore, this thesis suggests a new theory that explains the phenomenon based on a process perspective with multilevel analysis, which analyses individual, team and organisation levels by highlighting the central position of the aesthetic dimension. The current study is qualitative in nature and is underpinned by phenomenological symbolic interactionism, which facilitated the theory development process. An Abductive case study as a research strategy was employed. The narratives that explained the phenomenon were sought from the leaders and their followers in two SHTFs and two small low-technology firms (SLTFs) which also helped to increase the understanding of the creative leadership phenomenon in SHTFs. The results of the study unfold two issues that are the contributions to creative leadership and entrepreneurship knowledge. The new theory that is based on the findings suggests that: the creative leadership phenomenon is about tile individual leaders and their followers in SHTFs utilise felt meanings with cognitive abilities to appraise the situation and cope tile situation with companionship relationship and pleasant space for innovation. This study makes several theoretical and empirical contributions to the theories of creative leadership (the new theory) and small technology firm (the similarities and differences between SHTFs and SLTFs). It created a new theory that increases the understanding of the leaders and followers' action in small technology firms and also as guidance for the policy makers to promote creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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