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Entrepreneurial Leadership: Comparing The Practices Of An Entrepreneurial Principal And An Education Entrepreneur

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Executive Summary

How do "Entrepreneurial" school leaders approach innovations, and how is this process similar or different from that of a business entrepreneur? The authors address this question by comparing findings from the in-depth case-studies of two subjects - the principal of an urban elementary school who radically transformed his school, and the founder and COO of an education-based for-profit company. A systematic analysis of the practices each individual used at specific stages of the process of implementing a new venture revealed interesting similarities and differences. This suggests that the field of entrepreneurship can provide valuable inspiration and contributions to educational leadership, yet adaptations will be needed.

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