Developing an entrepreneurial typology: The Roles of entrepreneurial alertness and attributional style

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Title: Developing an entrepreneurial typology: The Roles of entrepreneurial alertness and attributional style
Author: Tang, Jintong; Tang, Zhi; Lohrke, Franz
Abstract: This study develops an entrepreneurial typology employing two dimensions, high versus low entrepreneurial alertness and internal versus external attributional styles that helps illustrate why entrepreneurs start new businesses. The resulting 2×2 typology of entrepreneurs identifies four entrepreneur types based on these two dimensions: the true believer, clueless, practical, and reluctant. Using a representative sample of 315 nascent entrepreneurs from the Panel Study of Entrepreneurial Dynamics, we found that some types differed across three key entrepreneurial characteristics, need for achievement, risk-taking propensity, and commitment, thereby providing some preliminary empirical support for the typology’s validity. We conclude by discussing future research avenues.
Record URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1850/8553
Date: 2007

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