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Description - Forming Entrepreneurial Intentions by David F. Summers

This book examines the relationship between a person's intentions to start a business and specific personal and situational factors. The study is built on the premise that people develop intentions to start a business when they feel that starting a business is desirable, that they can control circumstances by taking action, that they have necessary skills and resources, and when a significant trigger event has taken place in their lives such as graduation from college, loss of a job, or forming a family. The study investigates the relationship between the formation of entrepreneurial intentions and a variety of variables including the perceived desirability of entrepreneurship, a person's propensity for proactive behaviour, a person's self-efficacy for starting a business, and the presence of an emotional trigger event. In addition, the influences on perceived desirability resulting from the support of significant others such as family, friends and mentors, and the extent and positiveness of past entrepreneurial experience were also examined. Finally, the influences of past entrepreneurial experience, and a person's assessment of his/her skills, ability, and resources on the self-efficacy of entrepreneurship were studied. The results indicate that support from significant others and positive past entrepreneurial experience positively relate to perceived desirability. Also, perceived desirability, propensity for proactive behaviour, an assessment of skills, abilities, and resources, and the presence of a trigger event positively relate to entrepreneurial intention. Other studies have looked at the influence of these same variables on entrepreneurial intentions, but not in this combination. In addition, unlike other studies, this study used people who were actually in the process of deciding on becoming entrepreneurs as real estate agents.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780815337331
ISBN-10: 0815337337
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 140mm x mm)
Pages: 148
Imprint: Routledge Member of the Taylor and Francis Group
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 5-Jul-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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