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How do motivational factors influence entrepreneurs’ perception of business opportunities in different stages of entrepreneurship?

Fernandez De Arroyabe Fernandez, Juan Carlos and Sena, Vania and Poblete, Carlos (2019) 'How do motivational factors influence entrepreneurs’ perception of business opportunities in different stages of entrepreneurship?' European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology. ISSN 1359-432X

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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is twofold: first, it analyses the relationship between optimism about the emergence of future entrepreneurial opportunities and the length of the entrepreneurial experience; second, it aims to identify the external factors that can moderate this relationship. Our empirical analysis is conducted on a cross-national sample of 450,000 individuals drawn from the Adult Population Survey (APS), which is collected by the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) consortium and covers the period from 2009 to 2011. Our results find an inverted U-shaped relationship between the length of the entrepreneurial experience and our indicator of optimism. Additionally, the relationship between optimism and length of entrepreneurial experience is conditioned by a set of external-factor moderators, such as social capital and the individuals’ perception of how valued entrepreneurship is as a career choice in their country.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Optimism, Experience, Opportunism, Societal acceptance, Social capital
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD58.7 Organizational behavior, change and effectiveness. Corporate culture
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School > Management Science and Entrepreneurship Group
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2018 11:10
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2019 12:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/23612

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