Intention, Education and Orientation
Edited by Susana C. Santos, António Caetano, Craig Mitchell, Hans Landström and Alain Fayolle
Chapter 3: Entrepreneurial potential among individuals with different entrepreneurial experience
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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