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Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.)


Business Administration


Jill Murray


Some African business leaders were, in 2019, less competitive because they continue to use traditional business management practices and have failed to incorporate advanced technology. Taking advantage of new management strategies and innovative technology to increase their global competitiveness will benefit African businesses. The purpose of this multiple case study, grounded in Burns’ transformational leadership theory, was to explore strategies that business leaders in Seychelles have used to implement management innovations to improve competitiveness. The participants consisted of 5 business leaders from 5 large innovative business organizations operating successfully and based in Mahe, Seychelles. The data were collected through semistructured interviews with the participants and from official company documents. Data were analyzed using Yin’s 5-step process of compiling, disassembling, reassembling, interpreting the data, and drawing conclusions. The themes that emerged from the study were the importance of innovative business leaders, the critical role of the Internet and technological innovations for business competitiveness, and why having a competitive business environment contributes to business innovations and success. The implications for positive social change include the potential for business owners to improve organizational performance and create more job opportunities, resulting in a better local economy that provides families and local communities with a better standard of living. When business leaders apply a positive business culture and create an excellent work environment, the social well-being of their communities may also improve.

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