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Local ontologies and epistemologies of leadership in the Rosebank business precinct of Auckland, New Zealand

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posted on 2010-11-01, 00:00 authored by A du Plessis, Howard Frederick
The Rosebank Business Precinct is one of Auckland s most highly developed Business Improvement Districts. This descriptive study, undertaken for Auckland City Council, examines the gaps between what Rosebank businesses actually want and what the workforce presently provides. A further aim was to investigate the potential for employee training, education and development in Rosebank. We conducted face-to-face interviews with about one-fifth of Rosebank companies using a 36-question questionnaire and employing random stratified cluster sampling. Fifteen of these firms also had in-depth interviews. From the present analysis, it is apparent that many firms lack leadership, leadership styles, managerial, computing and technology skills, which in turn leads to lower survival rates. Local authorities have a role to play in ontologies and epistemologies of leadership in the local organisations surveyed in Rosebank. Many owner/managers, regarded as leaders, held unsupportive attitudes toward training and education. The paper makes recommendations in the fields of labour force training, education and development; recruitment; and where leaders can recruit the right people.

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Journal

Interdisciplinary journal of contemporary research in business

Volume

2

Issue

7

Pagination

10 - 22

Publisher

Institute of Interdisciplinary Business Research

Location

Western Cape, South Africa

ISSN

2073-7122

eISSN

2044-4621

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2010, Institute of Interdisciplinary Business Research

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