EU28 Country Reports on e-Leadership Skills for SMEs - A Snapshot and Scoreboard of e-Leadership Skills in Policy, Higher Education and the Labour Market

Country Reports on e-leadership have just been released by empirica and can be downloaded at: and These reports provide descriptions of national e-leadership policies and initiatives, higher education programmes and the labour market with a focus on SMEs and start-ups. A new e-leadership scoreboard is providing for the first time a tool for monitoring and benchmarking European countries on relevant e-leadership dimensions and indicators.

The Country Reports are still DRAFT documents which will be finalised over the coming weeks. Stakeholders are kindly asked to send their comments on the Country Reports to empirica at lead(at)empirica(dot)com.
This work is produced in the scope of the service contract on “e-Leadership Skills for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises” (LEAD) for the European Commission, DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs.
LEAD develops targeted actions for start-ups and fast growing SMEs to provide them with relevant e-leadership skills and qualifications for entrepreneurs, managers and advanced ICT users that are recognized trans-nationally.

The LEAD consortium includes the partners: empirica, INSEAD, IE Business School, Henley Business School, Aarhus University, New Bulgarian University, Antwerp Management School, European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), IDC Europe, PIN-SME and CIONET.
LEAD analyses the role of e-leaders in SMEs and entrepreneurial firms based on engagement with SMEs to gain insights into what kinds of leaders SMEs rely on to ensure they can use ICT to develop, grow and compete, how SMEs use ICT to develop, grow and compete and what kind of e-leadership skills they need to succeed.

This work represents an important step forward towards helping business schools and SMEs collaborate and develop insights and a common language for SMEs to access and foster leaders who are both business and ICT-savvy (“e-leaders”) and who ensure SMEs use ICT effectively. It is laying the groundwork for the planning of targeted educational offers for SMEs and entrepreneurs by business schools and universities, which will be demonstrated within the project duration.
LEAD also engages with other stakeholder groups from education and the labour market, associations representing SMEs, start-ups and gazelles and others to take into account the target groups evolving requirements for e-leadership.

LEAD aims to sharpen the e-leadership definitions and metrics, specify data requirements for establishing monitoring mechanisms which can be used as a basis for policy making and to improve monitoring of demand and supply of these skills. Technology trends are analysed to understand their impact on new business models and organisation of companies and their e-leadership requirements. An overview of the present European e-leadership policy landscape for the different target groups is developed as well as an overview of the present European landscape of e-Leadership courses and MOOCs. In addition a search and analysis of initiatives from industry, education and training organisations is carried out.
The views expressed in this report are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Commission. Neither the European Commission nor any person acting on behalf of the Commission is responsible for the information provided in this document.


A service contract has been awarded in December 2013 by the European Commission to a consortium led by empirica to undertake this work.

The event is supported by the EC in the scope of the service contract to promote e-leadership in Europe (LEAD)