Applying Person-Environment Fit Theory to Identify Personality Differences between Prospective Social and Commercial Entrepreneurs: An Explorative Study.

Riedo, Valerie; Kraiczy, Nils Daniel; Hack, Andreas (2019). Applying Person-Environment Fit Theory to Identify Personality Differences between Prospective Social and Commercial Entrepreneurs: An Explorative Study. Journal of Small Business Management, 57(3), pp. 989-1007. Wiley 10.1111/jsbm.12377

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Research has started to investigate personality traits of social entrepreneurs because such traits in commercial entrepreneurs have been found to affect new venture creation/success. In this exploratory study, we apply the person‐environment fit theory and analyze specific social entrepreneurial personality dimensions (i.e., altruism, empathic concern, personal distress, compassion), and classical entrepreneurial personality dimensions (i.e., need for achievement (nAch), entrepreneurial self‐efficacy (ESE), general self‐efficacy, risk‐taking propensity) to identify differences between prospective social and commercial entrepreneurs. Using a sample of 85 prospective entrepreneurs, results show that prospective social entrepreneurs differ from prospective commercial entrepreneurs in the personality dimensions of personal distress, nAch, ESE, and risk‐taking propensity.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Business Management > Institute of Organization and Human Resource Management > Human Resource Management
03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Business Management > Institute of Organization and Human Resource Management

UniBE Contributor:

Riedo, Valerie; Kraiczy, Nils Daniel and Hack, Andreas

Subjects:

600 Technology > 650 Management & public relations
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics

ISSN:

1540-627X

Publisher:

Wiley

Language:

English

Submitter:

Andreas Hack

Date Deposited:

04 Apr 2018 08:44

Last Modified:

24 Oct 2019 03:14

Publisher DOI:

10.1111/jsbm.12377

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.112854

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/112854

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