Entrepreneurial leadership in Middle East sport businesses: the impact of gender differences in cultural values

Majd Megheirkouni, Alison Thirlwall, Ammar Mejheirkouni

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Abstract

Purpose
The purpose of this study is to understand the impact of gender in the sport business by investigating gender differences in entrepreneurial leadership and cultural values using quantitative methods.

Design/methodology/approach
In total, 241 surveys were completed by sport business owners in 4 countries in the Middle East.

Findings
The results revealed that gender differences and similarities are not only widely affected by national cultural values but also the effects of national cultural values vary between countries in the Middle East, despite these countries being similar in terms of habits, traditions, history, language and institutional systems. Additionally, it was found that entrepreneurial leadership is a role, task or responsibility that is related to both men and women in the sport business in the Middle East.

Research limitations/implications
Theoretical and practical implications of the findings are discussed, together with limitations and suggestions for future research.

Originality/value
This is the only study in the field of entrepreneurial leadership that examined the concept of entrepreneurial leadership in Middle East sport businesses.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-188
Number of pages22
JournalGender in Management
Volume35
Issue number2
Early online date2 Mar 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 6 Apr 2020
Externally publishedYes

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