Entrepreneurial Intention
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Entrepreneurial Intention

Past, Present, and Future Research

Evan J. Douglas

In this timely book, Evan Douglas examines the limitations of the current models of entrepreneurial motivation. He proposes an expanded general model of entrepreneurial intention, which integrates both commercial and social entrepreneurs, and explicitly examines the motivation to innovate. In this new, integrated model of entrepreneurial intention, he explores the asymmetric data relationships and interdependencies of these four motivations that operate to result in multiple equally-valid pathways to entrepreneurial action.
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Chapter 9: The holistic approach to entrepreneurship intentions

Evan J. Douglas


This chapter examines the incongruence of the multiple regression method with the theory of the phenomenon that it seeks to measure, namely the holistic decision making of individuals. The correlational method suppresses asymmetrical data relationships, allows limited data interdependency, and implies a single sample-average pathway to entrepreneurship. Fuzzy-set qualitative comparative analysis is shown to reveal multiple pathways to entrepreneurship and asymmetric relationships, where they exist, and to be congruent with the holistic theory of decision making and the heterogeneity of entrepreneurship.

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