The Emergence of Entrepreneurial Behaviour
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The Emergence of Entrepreneurial Behaviour

Intention, Education and Orientation

Edited by Susana C. Santos, António Caetano, Craig Mitchell, Hans Landström and Alain Fayolle

In recent years entrepreneurship has become one of the most popular fields of research in management studies. As the subject has broadened, increasing attention has been paid to the behavioural aspects of different practices to identify and pursue entrepreneurial opportunities. This timely book analyses three key strands of contemporary research into entrepreneurial behaviour: intention, education and orientation. It offers novel insights that can be applied to foster entrepreneurial activities in different settings.
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Chapter 3: Entrepreneurial potential among individuals with different entrepreneurial experience

Susana C. Santos, António Caetano, Sílvia Fernandes Costa and Xaver Neumeyer

Abstract

This study describes the entrepreneurial potential dimensions at different stages of the entrepreneurship process for individuals with different levels of entrepreneurial experience. We used the entrepreneurial potential construct and inventory to measure the most relevant individual characteristics associated with the preparedness to engage in entrepreneurial activities. Based on the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) model, we compared five groups of individuals with different entrepreneurial experience: nascent entrepreneurs, own-managers of young firms, owner-managers of established firms, future entrepreneurs and non-entrepreneurs. The results showed that entrepreneurial potential dimensions evidence different patterns among individuals with and without entrepreneurial experience. These results contribute to capturing a person-situation perspective in entrepreneurship. This mapping of different competency levels associated with different entrepreneurial experiences has practical implications, and it gives important clues for targeted training activities for the promotion of entrepreneurship.

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