The phenomenon of entrepreneurial leadership in gazelles and mice: A qualitative study from Bosnia and Herzegovina

Ramo Palalic*

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This study examines the entrepreneurial leadership and business performance in gazelles and mice, using stratified purposive sampling from three sectors: manufacturing, sales and services. Findings suggest that gazelles are more in favour of applying entrepreneurial leadership compared to mice. However, both of them need improvement. Gazelles need to maintain a constant sustainable growth in the market while mice should transform themselves into gazelles. It can be done by creating a positive synergetic effect of entrepreneurial leadership to business performance in both types of firms, in the long term. Likewise, Bosnian government should pave the way for better business surroundings and to promote entrepreneurship development in the region. On the contrary, the government of Bosnia and Herzegovina (B&H) seems to maintain a status quo or even tends to shackle the entrepreneurial activities and opportunities in its business environment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-236
Number of pages26
JournalWorld Review of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • B&H
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Business owners
  • Business performance
  • CEOs
  • Entrepreneurial leadership
  • Entrepreneurial orientation
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Gazelles
  • Managers
  • Mice
  • SMEs
  • Sustainable growth
  • Transformational leadership

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Economics and Econometrics

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