Locus of control

Zacher, Hannes & Gielnik, Michael M. (2012) Locus of control. In Marvel, M. R. (Ed.) Encyclopedia of new venture management. Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks, CA, pp. 313-315.

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Abstract

The construct known as locus of control (LOC) was introduced by J. B. Rotter in 1966 and refers to individuals' beliefs about the underlying main causes of events happening in their lives. Individuals with an internal LOC believe that the outcomes they experience are the result of their own actions. They are often described as believing themselves to be the masters of their own fate and to be in control of their own destinies. In contrast, individuals with an external LOC believe that external factors—such as fate, luck, God, or powerful others—determine the outcomes that they experience in their lives. They are often described as taking a passive approach toward their lives.

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ID Code: 92366
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Locus of Control, Entrepreneurship
DOI: 10.4135/9781452218571.n124
ISBN: 9781412990813
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Entrepreneurship (150304)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Organisational Behaviour (150311)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright © 2012 SAGE Publications, Inc
Deposited On: 08 Feb 2016 03:39
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2016 01:58

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