Should I Stay or Should I Go? Career Choice Intentions of Students with Family Business Background

Zellweger, Thomas; Sieger, Philipp; Halter, Frank (2011). Should I Stay or Should I Go? Career Choice Intentions of Students with Family Business Background. Journal of Business Venturing, 26(5), pp. 521-536. Elsevier 10.1016/j.jbusvent.2010.04.001

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Personal and motivational patterns of intentional founders have been researched in great depth; however, antecedents to career choices of intentional successors have been conspicuously missing in entrepreneurship research. By drawing on theory of planned behavior, we investigate how intentional founders, successors, and employees differ in terms of locus of control and entrepreneurial self-efficacy as well as independence and innovation motives. We find that transitive likelihood of career intent depends on degree of entrepreneurial self-efficacy and the independence motive. Unexpectedly, we see that high levels of internal locus of control lead to a preference of employment, which challenges traditional entrepreneurship research and suggests that the feasibility of an entrepreneurial career path does not automatically make it desirable. Our findings suggest that students with family business background are pessimistic about being in control in an entrepreneurial career, but optimistic about their efficacy to pursue an entrepreneurial career.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Business Management > Institute of Innovation Management > Management

UniBE Contributor:

Sieger, Philipp


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








Philipp Sieger

Date Deposited:

27 Jul 2016 12:39

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27 Jul 2016 12:39

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

Career choice intentions; Theory of planned behavior; Motives; Theory of mixed control




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