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Mousa, M. and Arslan, A. (2023), "Responsible leadership practices in the hospitality sector family businesses: evidence from an emerging market", Journal of Family Business Management, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print.

Responsible leadership practices in the hospitality sector family businesses : evidence from an emerging market

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Author: Mousa, Mohamed1; Arslan, Ahmad2
Organizations: 1CENTRUM PUCP Graduate Business School, Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, Lima, Peru
2Oulu Business School, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Emerald, 2023
Publish Date: 2023-08-23


Purpose: The study aims to find out the extent to which hospitality sector family-owned businesses in Egypt feel committed to responsible leadership practices and subsequently meet their stakeholders’ expectations.

Design/methodology/approach: The authors conducted semi-structured interviews with 24 owners of family restaurants in Egypt. Thematic analysis was undertaken on the collected data resulting in four major themes.

Findings: The authors find that the four dimensions (aggregation of virtuousness, stakeholder involvement, individual competencies and ethical contributions) are not fully exercised by the owners despite their readiness to behave correctly according to social norms. Furthermore, the respondents elaborated that they do not fully understand how to commence playing a role in contributing to the common good in their societies.

Originality/value: To the best of the authors’ knowledge, the present study is the first to empirically investigate responsible leadership practices in the context of small and medium-sized family businesses (restaurants in this case), particularly in the emerging market and non-Western contexts.

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Series: Journal of family business management
ISSN: 2043-6238
ISSN-E: 2043-6246
ISSN-L: 2043-6238
Issue: ahead-of-print
DOI: 10.1108/JFBM-01-2023-0008
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 512 Business and management
Copyright information: © Emerald Publishing Limited.