Exploring E-leadership Behaviour of Sri Lankan Small and Medium Enterprises

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E. A. G. Sumanasiri


This paper explores the e-leadership behaviours of Sri Lankan Small and Medium Entreprises and the barriers to e-leadership in SME sector. To explore these research objectives a qualitative method was used with 23 semi-structured face-to-face interviews with owners of fast-growing SMEs in Sri Lanka. To understand the effective e-leadership behaviours the study used Gary Yukl’s Hierarchical Taxonomy of Leadership Behaviours model. Findings confirmed that most SME leaders use ‘Internet of things’ in performing their leadership roles. Among the four effective e-leadership behaviours described by Gary Yukl, most SME leaders use e-leadership for change-oriented decision making while relationship-oriented leadership behaviours became the least important. Theoretical contributions, limitations and future research directions are discussed in the concluding section of the paper.

e-leadership, effective e-leadership behaviours, small and medium enterprises, Sri Lanka.

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Sumanasiri, E. A. G. (2020). Exploring E-leadership Behaviour of Sri Lankan Small and Medium Enterprises. Journal of Economics, Management and Trade, 25(6), 1-19. https://doi.org/10.9734/jemt/2019/v25i630213
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