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Entrepreneurial Attitudes and Entrepreneurial Intentions: A Cross-Culturals Study of Potential Entrepreneurs in India, China, Thailand and Australia

Fitzsimmons, Jason R. & Douglas, Evan J. (2005) Entrepreneurial Attitudes and Entrepreneurial Intentions: A Cross-Culturals Study of Potential Entrepreneurs in India, China, Thailand and Australia. In Babson-Kauffman Entrepreneurial Research Conference, June, Wellesley, MA. (Unpublished)

Abstract

The intention of an individual to behave entrepreneurially arises because the entrepreneur perceives self-employment (or entrepreneurial behaviour within an organization) to be utility-maximizing, and thus forms the motivation to behave entrepreneurially. As argued elsewhere, the intention to behave entrepreneurially depends on the human capital of the individual. Here we argue that human capital includes not only personal abilities and social capital but also innate attitudes to aspects of entrepreneurship, such as independence, firm ownership and risk. Thus the motive for pursuing self employment (or any other entrepreneurial behaviour) is considered as a function of an individual’s abilities and attitudes. This study investigated the relationship between entrepreneurial attitudes and abilities and entrepreneurial intentions across four countries, viz: India, China, Thailand and Australia. We find that entrepreneurial attitudes are significant in explaining career decisions in all four countries with some variation in the relative importance of each of these attitudes. We also find cross-cultural differences in the degree to which entrepreneurial attitudes explain entrepreneurial intentions.

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ID Code: 6486
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Keywords: Jason Fitzsimmons, Evan Douglas, entrepreneurial attitudes, international entrepreneurship
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Organisational Planning and Management (150312)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Small Business Management (150314)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 13 Mar 2007
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2011 23:30

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