Syed Imad Shah, Ali Muhammad, Shafiq ur Rehman


The purpose of thi s paper is t o ex amine the phenomena ofentrepreneurial leadership in the context of Pakistani universities inan attempt to justify its role, value and applicability. In general,entrepreneurial leaders are vital to successful transformation oftraditional universities into entrepreneurial ones. A comparative casestudy approach was adopted whereby 30 semi-structured interviewswere conducted in six public and private universities. This studyreveals that entrepreneurial leadership (EL) works at the operationallevel of university hierarchy instead of a top down approach. A‘university push model’ is found more effective than a ‘governmentpull model’ whereby we propose a conceptual model indicatinge nt re pre ne uri al ori e nt at i on as pre re qui si te f or c re at i ngentrepreneurial culture for the development of EL. Challenges areaddressed to the implementation of EL in different sectors. Theresearch contributes to our knowledge of entrepreneurial leadership,especially in the Pakistani context, where little real effort has beenmade so far


Entrepreneurial leadership (EL), entrepreneurial orientation (EO), culture, operational leadership, organisational change, university

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