A Psychological Approach to Entrepreneurship
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A Psychological Approach to Entrepreneurship

Selected Essays of Dean A. Shepherd

Dean A. Shepherd

Within an entrepreneurial context, what a person thinks and feels and how they behave are hugely consequential. Entrepreneurs often work in scenarios of considerable time pressure, task complexity, uncertainty and high performance variance. This fascinating volume explores the unique psychological qualities of individuals directly involved in the entrepreneurial process.
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Chapter 14: Strategic Entrepreneurship at Universities: Academic Entrepreneurs’ Assessment of Policy Programs

Holger Patzelt and Dean A. Shepherd


Since academic entrepreneurship is a substantial driver of economic growth and wealth creation (Shane, 2004a), policymakers in many countries and regions have introduced measures to support the formation of academics pin-off ventures (Lundström & Stevenson, 2005; Wright, Clarysse, Mustar, & Lockett, 2007). For example, governments provide academic entrepreneurs with initial financing opportunities and facilitate transfer of technologies developed at universities and public research institutes into new and innovative firms (Shane, 2004b; Wright et al.). The major goal of these measures is to motivate academics to become entrepreneurs and create new ventures.

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