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 18: Toward a Theory of Discontinuous Career Transition: Investigating Career Transitions Necessitated by Traumatic Life Events

J. Michael Haynie and Dean Shepherd


Aaron always wanted to be a Marine. He enlisted at age 18, and he wore his uniform proudly. Aaron lived the ideals of the Marine Corps, and the organization rewarded him with quick promotions as a result. At age 24, he went to war. Just short of his 25th birthday, Aaron found himself critically wounded and in a hospital fighting for his life, the victim of a roadside bomb. It was at that moment, Aaron reports, that he lost faith in humanity. His trauma was made worse by his realization that because of his injuries, his career as a Marine was over.

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