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Autonomy, competence, and relatedness : how and why do artisan entrepreneurs act as responsible leaders?


Purpose. The aim of this paper is to answer the question: What stimulates artisan entrepreneurs to act as responsible leaders? Design/methodology/approach. A qualitative research method was employed and semi-structured interviews with 30 artisans working in four different artisanal activities were used to gather the data. Thematic analysis was subsequently applied to the interview transcripts. Findings. The findings suggest that the main factors causing artisan entrepreneurs to act responsibly are as follows: autonomy (the authority artisans exercise in managing their businesses; preserving socio-cultural identity is an artisan’s main duty; proving an individual competency in implementing society-related priorities), competence (adhering to generally accepted business practices; simplicity of developing and maintaining the social agenda of artisan enterprises; meeting the clients’ desire in exercising a social awareness) and relatedness (returning social favours; necessitating involvement with different stakeholders; contributing to the common good). Originality/value. This paper contributes by filling a gap in the literature on artisan entrepreneurship, responsible leadership and research in tourism and hospitality, in which empirical studies on the responsible practices of artisan entrepreneurs have been limited so far.

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Mousa, Mohamed
Althalathini, Doaa
Avolio, Beatrice

Oxford Brookes departments

Oxford Brookes Business School


Year of publication: 2024
Date of RADAR deposit: 2024-03-08

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