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Social entrepreneurs : the role of entrepreneurial orientation and leadership style in non-profit organizations Mayberry, Craig Lawrence


Much has been written over the last decade of the importance of social entrepreneurship, and the goal of this research was to determine whether social entrepreneurship was important to the success of the non-profit. This research analyzes the survey responses of 177 non-profit organizations in the United States and Canada in order to determine the influence of leadership style and entrepreneurial orientation on the effectiveness of non-profits. Organizational effectiveness was measured through the ability of the non-profit to accomplish their mission and how much financial stability they had as an organization. It was determined that a transformational leadership style has a positive influence on the ability to accomplish the mission of the organization, while transactional leadership does not influence the effectiveness of the organization. It was also determined that entrepreneurial orientation plays a significant role in the success of the organization and influences both the ability to accomplish the mission of the organization and the financial stability of the organization.

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