Chapter 1 Motivational Traits of Prospective Entrepreneurs – Founders

CHAPTER 1

Motivational Traits of Prospective Entrepreneurs

Introduction

Gartner described the “trait approach” to studying entrepreneurship as based on the assumption that “the entrepreneur is . . . a particular personality type, a fixed state of existence, a desirable species that one might find a picture of in a field guide” and explained that research based on this approach has necessarily focused on identifying and enumerating a set of characteristics (i.e., traits) that describe this idealized type of person we call an “entrepreneur.”1 Gartner described the activities of researchers quite simply asking the question: “Who is an entrepreneur?” This approach assumes that a person, the “entrepreneur,” is the basic unit of analysis when it comes to studying the launch of a new business and that in order to understand new business creation it is necessary to analyze the characteristics and traits of the entrepreneur and how they “cause” the new business to emerge. Research based on the trait approach has been voluminous and has dominated much of the early activities within entrepreneurship research. A comprehensive list of characteristics that researchers have attempted to relate to entrepreneurship would include risk-taking propensity; educational background of the entrepreneur and his or her parents; number of previous jobs and previous job satisfaction; social attitudes; religious, sports, and club affiliations; age; need for achievement; desire for autonomy and independence; level of aggression; locus of control; perception of opportunities offered by society; self-­discipline and perseverance; energy level; self-reliance; desire for success and recognition; tolerance of uncertainty; creativity; support; benevolence; optimism; self-esteem and Machiavellianism.2

Motivational Traits and Their Effect on Entrepreneurship

Shane et al. argued strongly that differences among people with respect to their personal motivations significantly influenced their actions during the entrepreneurial process and that it was incumbent upon researchers to incorporate individual-level variations in motivations into the study of entrepreneurship.3 They noted, for example, that people differ in their perceptions of risk4 and that these differences may lead two people confronted with a similar opportunity to come to different conclusions about whether they are willing to expend their resources on the opportunity before having a better idea of the distribution of possible outcomes from the investment. Similarly, persons who score higher on measures of optimism or self-efficacy may be more willing than persons with lower scores on those personal characteristics to take on pursuit of an opportunity that carries a fairly low likelihood of success.

Shane et al. provided a concise summary of some of the quantitative and qualitative research relating to human motivations and their effect on entrepreneurship. They focused on previous research that had explored human motivations and their effect on entrepreneurship and divided the work into quantitative and qualitative studies. Many of the quantitative studies compared the traits of “firm founders” (i.e., persons who start their own business), typically assumed to be the “entrepreneurs,” to other persons in the general population and also compared the traits of firm founders to persons who acted in a managerial capacity in businesses owned by others. Shane et al. acknowledged that the comparison of firm founders and managers who worked for others as a means of capturing differences between entrepreneurial and nonentrepreneurial situations might not be completely appropriate since “serving as a manager in a rapidly growing high-technology company might demand greater entrepreneurial motivations than starting a corner grocery store.”5 Common motivational traits explored in the quantitative studies included need for achievement, risk-taking, tolerance for ambiguity, locus of control, self-efficacy, and goal setting. Motivational traits explored in the qualitative studies included independence, competence and confidence, drive and egoistic passion.6

Shane et al. cautioned that their work did not constitute a complete review of prior empirical research due to the fact that the definitions of entrepreneurship used in previous studies were inconsistent with the ­definition used by Shane et al., making it impossible to draw direct implications of prior work for research using their definition, and their belief that prior research suffered from “significant methodological problems,” which are discussed below.7 Shane et al. noted that many researchers had expressed “disappointment” with the results of the prior research; however, they claimed that their discussion was useful and necessary in ­illustrating how personal motivation can influence different aspects of the entrepreneurial process and, as discussed below, offered their own suggestions for how entrepreneurial motivation might be incorporated into the study and understanding of the entrepreneurial process.8

Need for Achievement

A high “need for achievement,” a concept made famous by McClelland, is often cited as a predictor of the likelihood that a person will be interested in pursuing entrepreneurial activities rather than other types of jobs. Not surprisingly, need for achievement (nAch) has been frequently studied by researchers interested in entrepreneurship. At the outset, McClelland postulated that “individuals who are high in nAch are more likely than those who are low in nAch to engage in activities or tasks that have a high degree of individual responsibility for outcomes, require individual skill and effort, have a moderate degree of risk, and include clear feedback on performance.”9 McClelland also believed that entrepreneurial roles have more of the aforementioned activity or task attributes than other roles, thus leading to the conclusion that high achievers will likely gravitate toward entrepreneurship. In general, studies have confirmed the ­apparent relationship between nAch and entrepreneurship.10 In addition, nAch has been found to be a differentiator between firm founders from members of the general population and to be useful in differentiating between ­successful and unsuccessful firm founders; however, there appears to be little difference between firm founders and managers with respect to their levels of nAch.11

Risk Taking

Not surprisingly, it has often been argued that persons with an entrepreneurial bent of mind have a higher tolerance for accepting risk and uncertainty.12 As noted above, one of the characteristics of high nAch cited by McClelland is a willingness and desire to engage in activities with a “moderate degree of risk” and Liles argued that entrepreneurs understand that they will be required to live with uncertainty with respect to financial and psychic well-being, career security, and relations with their family members.13 There appears to be general agreement that extremely high levels of risk are not necessary in order for an activity to qualify as “entrepreneurial.” According to Shane et al., “risk-taking propensity has been defined in the entrepreneurship literature as the willingness to take moderate risks.”14 Interestingly, however, the feedback from studies on this issue is mixed and many researchers have failed to find significant differences between firm owners and the general population with respect to risk-taking propensity and studies that did find a difference between those two groups failed to find significant differences between firm founders and managers.15 Shane et al. suggest that the reason for these findings may be explained by “self-efficacy” and point to several evaluative ­studies based on interviews and expert evaluations that concluded that firm founders did indeed have a higher propensity for risk than the general population on objective scales of measurement yet often did not perceive their actions to be risky.16 Another study comparing firm founders to bankers found that while the bankers perceived information regarding certain opportunities as risky the firm founders were more interested in the opportunities associated with the information.17

Tolerance for Ambiguity

The tolerance for ambiguity, which has been described as “the propensity to view situations without clear outcomes as attractive rather than threatening,”18 has been cited as an important trait for entrepreneurs given that starting and building a new business requires overcoming challenges that are unpredictable and it is extremely difficult to measure the chances for success.19 While this sounds reasonable, actual studies on this proposition have produced mixed results. On the one hand, several researchers have found that founders have a significantly higher tolerance for ambiguity than managers.20 However, others were unable to replicate that result and found no significant differences between founders and managers with respect to their tolerance for ambiguity.21

Locus of Control

Locus of control refers to “the belief in the extent to which individuals believe that their actions or personal characteristics affect outcomes.”22 Distinctions are made between persons who have an “external” locus of control and thus believe that outcomes are generally determined by ­factors outside of their control and persons with an “internal” locus of control who believe that they can have an impact on outcomes through the choices they make with regard to their personal actions. Persons with high nAch generally have a preference for situations in which they can have direct control over outcomes and researchers have predicted that persons with an internal locus of control are more likely to seek out entrepreneurial roles in which their actions have a stronger influence on the results of their entrepreneurial activities.23 In general, research confirms that firm founders are more “internal” than the general public with regard to locus of control24; however, as is the case with nAch, ­comparisons of firm founders and managers usually find no significant differences between them with regard to locus of control.25

Self-Efficacy

Bandura described “self-efficacy” as one’s belief in his or her own ability to muster and implement the necessary personal resources, skills, and competencies that are required in order to attain a certain level of achievement on a given task.26 Simply put, individuals who are high on self-efficacy are more “self-confident” with respect to the particular task and, in fact, Shane et al. reported that “[s]elf-efficacy for a specific task has been shown to be a robust predictor of an individual’s performance in that task and helps to explain why people of equal ability can perform differently.”27 One study of entrepreneurs found that there was a strong and positive relationship between self-efficacy to grow a company and the growth actually realized by the company.28 The presence of self-efficacy explains why persons are willing to exert longer and harder effort on completion of a given task; persist in the face of setbacks; set higher goals with respect to financial performance, growth, and innovation; and develop and refine better plans and strategies to achieve their goals.29

Independence

Shane et al. described independence as “taking responsibility to use one’s own judgment as opposed to blinding following the assertions of others . . . [and] . . . taking responsibility for one’s own life rather than living off the efforts of others.”30 A number of studies have uncovered evidence to support the widely held belief that entrepreneurship requires independence and that entrepreneurs score higher on measures of independence than members of the general public.31 Entrepreneurship is an attractive alternative for persons who seek independence in their careers and work activities and provide persons with the opportunity to set their own goals and be responsible for results, regardless of whether they are successful or not.

Drive

Drive is related to nAch; however, Shane et al. used the term to focus specifically on “the willingness to put forth effort—both the effort of thinking and the effort involved in bringing one’s ideas into reality.”32 Shane et al. argued that there were four aspects of “drive,” including ambition, goals, energy, and stamina. Ambition is particularly important since it ­influences the desire of entrepreneurs to achieve “great, important and ­significant” things when pursuing their entrepreneurial activities. ­Ambition also causes entrepreneurs to set challenging goals, and research has confirmed that creating high goals leads to performance that is better than when the goals are more modest.33 Other terms used to describe “drive” include “persistence” and “tenacity.” Persons with high self-­efficacy are more likely to have the drive necessary for the lengthy periods of hard work necessary for successful entrepreneurship.

Egoistic Passion

Shane et al. referred to “egoistic passion” as “a passionate, selfish love of work” that is largely ego-driven: the entrepreneur is driven by his or her “love [of] the process of building an organization and making it ­profitable.”34 Apparently, passion has often been included in studies of motivations among entrepreneurs; however, one study conducted by Baum et al. did uncover evidence that passion had a direct and significant impact on the growth of firms.35

Critiques of Prior Research and Suggestions for Improvement

After presenting the results of their survey Shane et al. observed that the various studies had often come up with “disappointing results”36 and Gartner also reported that the empirical research of others led them to conclude “that when certain psychological traits are carefully evaluated, it is not possible to differentiate entrepreneurs from managers or from the general population based on the entrepreneur’s supposed possession of such traits.”37 Shane went on to identify several problems with previous research on human motivation and entrepreneurship.38 One of the biggest concerns expressed by Shane et al. was the failure of prior researchers to recognize that entrepreneurship should be viewed as a “process” and that the influence of particular factors, such as one of the motivational traits, may vary depending upon where one is in the continuum of the process and the decisions that must be made and the actions that must be taken at that point. In fact, Shane et al. felt that one of the major shortcomings with the prior research on entrepreneurship had been that entrepreneurship was viewed as a profession that persons either chose or rejected and they commented that “relatively little of the motivation research on entrepreneurship has considered the effects of motivation on specific steps in the entrepreneurial process.”39

Shane et al. also felt that the standard approach of comparing firm founders to one another, managers, and/or the general public at a single point in time was problematic since the assumptions were that a given motivation was equally relevant to each step in the entrepreneurial process and that the pool of persons in the “entrepreneurial group” remained that same throughout the process. They pointed out, for example, that a high level of self-confidence may be the most important motivational factor for “collection and assembly of resources,” one of the tasks that must be completed at the execution stage of the entrepreneurial process described elsewhere in this chapter, and that the presence or absence of other motivational factors at that point is relatively unimportant. If this was true, it might explain why a firm founder who was high on all of the surveyed motivational factors other than self-confidence might nonetheless fail in his or her pursuit of a particular opportunity.40 Shane et al. also went on to argue that if high self-confidence was the key motivator at the resource collection stage then those firm founders with low self-confidence were probably eliminated at that point (i.e., their ventures failed due to lack of resources) and confidence ceased to be a significant distinguishing factor among the firm founders who survived to reach the next stages in the process since they all had to have scored high on self-confidence to overcome the resource collection hurdle. In the same vein, they pointed out that a high score on one of the motivating factors did not necessarily guarantee success of the venture or the activity if that factor was only relevant to one of the steps in entrepreneurial process. For ­example, high nAch may be quite important in impressing venture capitalists to provide capital for the business; however, once the money is in nAch may have little or no effect on completion of the subsequent steps in the process that will determine whether or not the firm is successful.

Other problems cited by Shane et al. included failure to control for variations in the opportunities available to prospective entrepreneurs, studying the “wrong motives,” failure to consider the indirect effects of motives on other factors such as cognitive skills, strategy, and ­environmental conditions, and inconsistent definitions of “entrepreneurship.” ­However, in spite of all the shortcomings and inadequacies in prior research work relating to human motivations in the entrepreneurial ­process, Shane et al. argued that the role that motivations play with respect to entrepreneurship should not be minimized and that the better approach was to develop and test a new model of how the motivational traits of prospective entrepreneurs combined with other factors to influence the entrepreneurial process. This model is the basis of the discussion of multifactor analysis of entrepreneurial activity that follows below.

Not surprisingly, Shane is not alone in criticizing the manner in which research on entrepreneurship has been conducted and the failure of researchers to look beyond a search for entrepreneurial traits or characteristics. Gartner, a proponent of the behavioral approach to studying entrepreneurship, prepared a comprehensive comparison of the major literature on the entrepreneur and entrepreneurship as he found it in 1988.41 The comparison included attempts of various researchers to define an “entrepreneur” and/or “entrepreneurship,” a description of the samples used by the researchers and a summary of the “characteristics” of entrepreneurs noted by the researchers. Gartner’s list of the major shortcomings of work through that date included the following: a wide range of definitions of “the entrepreneur,” many of which Gartner judged to be “vague,” were used and it was not uncommon for researchers to neglect including any definition at all; few of the studies used the same definition of “the entrepreneur”; the samples of “entrepreneurs” were far from homogenous, a finding Gartner attributed to the inability to reach agreement on a definition of “the entrepreneur”; and the number of traits and characteristics attributed to entrepreneurs were full of contradictions and any “psychological profile” based on those traits and characteristics would portray a person that Gartner described as “larger than life” and “a sort of generic ‘Everyman.’”42


1 Gartner, W.B. Spring 1988. “‘Who Is an Entrepreneur?’ Is the Wrong ­Question.” American Journal of Small Business 12, no. 4, pp. 11–32.

2 Id. at pp. 13–20. “Founder’s Traits and Skills.” in Entrepreneurship: A Library of Resources for Sustainable Entrepreneurs. prepared and distributed by the Sustainable Entrepreneurship Project (www.seproject.org) includes additional discussion of the personality traits of persons likely to start a new business and the personal and professional skills that founders should possess in order to increase their likelihood of success in launching a new business.

3 Shane. S., E. Locke, and C. Collins. 2003. “Entrepreneurial Motivation.” Human Resource Management Review 13, no. 2, pp. 257–79, 260.

4 See, for example, Palich. L., and D. Bagby. 1995. “Using Cognitive Theory to Explain Entrepreneurial Risk-Taking: Challenging Conventional Wisdom.” Journal of Business Venturing 10, no. 6, pp. 425–38.

5 Shane, S., E. Locke, and C. Collins. 2003. “Entrepreneurial Motivation.” Human Resource Management Review 13, no. 2, pp. 257–79, 267.

6 The analysis included observations from an inductive study based on secondary sources of 70 wealth creators completed by Locke. Locke explored the careers, actions, and traits of legendary businesspersons such as J.P. Morgan, Steve Jobs, Sam Walton, Walt Disney, Jack Welch, Thomas Edison, Michael Dell, Henry Ford, and Ray Kroc and identified several common characteristics such as independent vision, an active mind, competence and confidence, drive to action, egotistic passion and love of ability in others. See Locke, E. 2000. The Prime Movers: Traits of the Great Wealth Creators. New York, NY: AMACOM.

7 Shane, S., E. Locke, and C. Collins. 2003. “Entrepreneurial Motivation.” Human Resource Management Review 13, no. 2, pp. 257–79, 263. For example., other traits that researchers have focused on to differentiate entrepreneurs from non-entrepreneurs have included “values” (see, e.g., DeCarlo, J., and P. Lyons. 1979. “A Comparison of Selected Personal Characteristics of Minority and ­Non-Minority Female Entrepreneurs.” Journal of Small Business Management 17, pp. 22–29); Hornaday, J., and J. Aboud. 1971. “Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs.” Personnel Psychology 24, no. 2, pp. 141–53; Hull, D., J. Bosley, and G. Udell. 1980. “Reviewing the Heffalump: Identifying Potential Entrepreneurs by Personality Characteristics.” Journal of Small Business Management 18, pp. 11–18; Komives, J. 1972. “A Preliminary Study of the Personal Values of High Technology Entrepreneurs.” In Technical Entrepreneurship: A ­Symposium Milwaukee, WI: Center for Venture Management, eds. A. Cooper and J. Komives, 231-42 and “age” (see, e.g., Cooper, A., and W. Dunkelberg. 1981. “A New Look at Business Entry: Experiences of 1805 Entrepreneurs.” In Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research: The Proceedings of the Babson Conference on Entrepreneurship Research, ed. K. Vesper, 1–20. Wellesley, MA: Babson College). ­Howell, R. 1972. “Comparative Profiles: Entrepreneurs Versus The Hired Executives: San ­Francisco Peninsula Semiconductor Industry.” In Technical entrepreneurship: A Symposium, eds. A. Cooper and J. Komives, 47–62. Milwaukee, WI: Center for Venture Management.

8 Shane, S., E. Locke, and C. Collins. 2003. “Entrepreneurial Motivation.” Human Resource Management Review 13, no. 2, pp. 257–79.

9 Id. citing McClelland, D. 1961. The Achieving Society. Princeton, NJ: Van ­Nostrand.

10 See, for example, Johnson, B. 1990. “Toward a Multidimensional Model of Entrepreneurship: The Case of Achievement Motivation and the Entrepreneur.” Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice 14, no. 3, pp. 39–54; Komives, J. 1972. “A Preliminary Study of the Personal Values of High Technology Entrepreneurs.” In Technical Entrepreneurship: A Symposium, eds. A. Cooper and J. Komives, 231–42. Milwaukee, WI: Center for Venture Management; and McClelland, D., and D. Winter. 1969. Motivating Economic Achievement. New York, NY: Free Press.

11 Shane, S., E. Locke, and C. Collins. 2003. “Entrepreneurial Motivation.” Human Resource Management Review 13, no. 2, pp. 257–79, 264 (citing Collins, C., E. Locke, and P. Hanges. 2000. “The Relationship of Need for Achievement to Entrepreneurial Behavior: A Meta-Analysis.” Working paper, University of Maryland, College Park, MD).

12 Venkataraman. S. 1997. “The Distinctive Domain of Entrepreneurship Research: An Editor’s Perspective.” In Advances in Entrepreneurship, Firm Emergence and Growth, eds. J. Katz and R. Brockhaus, 119–38. 3 vols. Greenwich, CT: JAI Press (noting that several theories of entrepreneurship view entrepreneurs as willing to bear residual uncertainty). See also Brockhaus, R. 1980. “Risk Taking Propensity of Entrepreneurs.” Academy of Management Journal 23, no. 3, pp. 509–20; Hull, D., J. Bosley, and G. Udell. 1980. “Reviewing the ­Heffalump: Identifying Potential Entrepreneurs by Personality Characteristics.” Journal of Small Business Management 18, pp. 11–18; and Palmer, M. 1971. “The ­Application of Psychological Testing to Entrepreneurial Potential.” California Management Review 13, no. 3, pp. 32–39.

13 Liles, P. 1974. New Business Ventures and the Entrepreneur Homewood. IL: Irwin; and Liles, P. 1974. “Who are the Entrepreneurs?” MSU Business Topics 22, pp. 5–14.

14 Shane, S., E. Locke, and C. Collins. 2003. “Entrepreneurial Motivation.” Human Resource Management Review 13, no. 2, pp. 257–79, 265 (citing ­Begley, T. 1995. “Using Founder Status, Age of Firm and Company Growth Rate as the basis for Distinguishing Entrepreneurs from Managers of Small ­Businesses.” ­Journal of Business Venturing 10, no. 3, pp. 249–63.)

15 Id. citing Kogan, N., and M. Wallach. 1964. Risk Taking. New York, NY: Holt, Rinehart and Winston; Litzinger, W. 1961. “The Motel Entrepreneur and the Motel Manager.” Academy of Management Journal 8, no. 4, pp. 268–81; and Low, M.B., and I.C. MacMillan. 1988. “Entrepreneurship: Past Research and Future Challenges.” Journal of Management 14, no. 2, pp. 139–61. However, in a study conducted by Bagley on the differences among New England business executives, risk-taking propensity was the only trait on which founders and non-founders differed. See Begley, T. 1995. “Using Founder Status, Age of Firm and Company Growth Rate as the Basis for Distinguishing Entrepreneurs from Managers of Small Businesses.” Journal of Business Venturing 10, no. 3, pp. 249–63.

16 Id. citing Corman, J., B. Perles, and P. Vancini. 1988. “Motivational Factors Influencing High-Technology Entrepreneurship.” Journal of Small Business Management 26, no. 1, pp. 36–42; and Fry, F. 1993. Entrepreneurship: A Planning Approach. Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN: West Publishing.

17 Sarasvathy, D., H. Simon, and L. Lave. 1998. “Perceiving and Managing Business Risks: Differences Between Entrepreneurs and Bankers.” Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 33, no. 2, pp. 207–25.

18 Stanley Budner, N.Y. 1962. “Intolerance of Ambiguity as a Personality ­Variable.” Journal of Personality 30, no. 1, pp. 29–50.

19 Schere, J. 1992. “Tolerance of Ambiguity as a Discriminating Variable Between Entrepreneurs and Managers.” Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings 42, pp. 404–08.

20 Begley, T., and D. Boyd. 1987. “A comparison of Entrepreneurs and Managers of Small Business Firms.” Journal of Management 13, no. 1, pp. 99–108; Miller, D., and C. Drodge. 1986. “Psychological and Traditional Determinants of Structure.” Administrative Science Quarterly 31, pp. 539–60; Sexton, D., and N. ­Bowman. 1986. “Validation of a Personality Index: Comparative Psychological Characteristics Analysis of Female Entrepreneurs, Managers, ­Entrepreneurship Students, and Business Students.” In Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research, 513–28. Wellesley, MA: Babson College.

21 Babb, E.M., and S.V. Babb. 1992. “Psychological Traits of Rural Entrepreneurs.” Journal of Socio-Economics 21, no. 4, pp. 353–62; and Begley, T. 1995. “Using Founder Status, Age of Firm, and Company Growth Rate as the Basis for Distinguishing Entrepreneurs form Managers of Smaller Businesses.” Journal of Business Venturing 10, no. 3, pp. 249–63.

22 Shane, S., E. Locke, and C. Collins. 2003. “Entrepreneurial Motivation.” Human Resource Management Review 13, no. 2, pp. 257–79, 266.

23 Rotter, J. 1966. “Generalized Expectancies for Internal Versus External Control of Reinforcement.” Psychological Monographs: General and Applied 80, no. 1, p. 609.

24 See, for example, Bowen, D., and R. Hisrich. 1986. “The Female Entrepreneur: A Career Development Perspective.” Academy of Management Review 11, no. 2, pp. 393–407; Durand, D. 1975. “Effects of Achievement Motivation and Skill Training on the Entrepreneurial Behavior of Black Businessmen.” Organizational Behavior and Human Performance 14, no. 1, pp. 76–90; and Shapero, A. 1977. “The Displaced, Uncomfortable Entrepreneur.” Psychology Today 9, pp. 83–88.

25 See, for example, Babb, E., and S. Babb. 1992. “Psychological Traits of Rural Entrepreneurs.” Journal of Socio-Economics 21, no. 4, pp. 353–62; Brockhaus, R. 1982. “The Psychology of the Entrepreneur.” In Encyclopedia of Entrepreneurship, eds. C. Kent, D. Sexton and K. Vesper, 39–57. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall; Hull, D., J. Bosley, and G. Udell. 1980. “Renewing the Hunt for Heffalump: Identifying Potential Entrepreneurs by Personality Characteristics.” Journal of Small Business 18, pp. 11–18; Begley, T. 1995. “Using Founder ­Status, Age of Firm, and Company Growth Rate as the Basis for Distinguishing Entrepreneurs from Managers of Smaller Businesses.” Journal of Business Venturing 10, no. 3, pp. 249–63; Begley, T., and D. Boyd. 1987. “A Comparison of Entrepreneurs and Managers of Small Business Firms.” Journal of Management 13, no. 1, pp. 99–108; Brockhaus, R. 1980. “Risk Taking Propensity of Entrepreneurs.” Academy of Management Journal 23, no. 3, pp. 509–20; Brockhaus, R., and W. Nord. 1979. “An Exploration of Factors Affecting the Entrepreneurial Decision: Personal Characteristics VS Environmental Conditions.” Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management; and Liles, P. 1974. “Who are the Entrepreneurs?” MSU Business Topics 22, pp. 5–14. For further discussion of the literature relating to entrepreneurship and “internal locus of control,” see also Mueller, S., and A. Thomas. 2000. “Culture and Entrepreneurial Potential: A Nine Country Study of Locus of Control and Innovativeness.” Journal of Business Venturing 16, nos. 51–75, pp. 55–57. (including extensive citations).

26 Bandura, A. 1997. Self-Efficacy: The Exercise of Self Control. New York, NY: Freeman.

27 Shane, S., E. Locke, and C. Collins. 2003. “Entrepreneurial Motivation.” Human Resource Management Review 13, no. 2, pp. 257–79, 267.

28 Id. (citing Baum, R. 1994. “The Relation of Traits, Competencies, Vision, Motivation, and Strategy to Venture Growth.” Unpublished Doctoral Dissertation. University of Maryland, College Park, MD). See also Chandler, G., and E. Jansen. 1992. “The Founder’s Self-Assessed Competence and Venture Performance.” Journal of Business Venturing 7, no. 3, pp. 223–36.

29 Several studies have confirmed the importance of “goal setting” by reporting that the goals established by entrepreneurs with respect to financial performance, growth, and innovation were significantly related to the corresponding outcomes. Id. at p. 267 citing Tracy, K., E. Locke, and M. Renard. 1998. “Conscious Goal Setting Versus Subconscious Motives: Longitudinal and Concurrent Effects on the Performance of Entrepreneurial Firms.” Paper Presented at the meeting of the Academy of Management, Boston, MA; and Baum, J., E. Locke, and K. Smith. 2001. “A Multi-Dimensional Model of Venture Growth.” Academy of Management Journal 44, no. 2, pp. 292–303.

30 Id. at p. 268.

31 See, for example, Hisrich, R. 1985. “The Woman Entrepreneur in the United States and Puerto Rico: A Comparative Study.” Leadership and Organizational Development Journal 5, no. 5, pp. 3–8; and Hornaday, J., and J. Aboud. 1971. “Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs.” Personnel Psychology 24, no. 2, pp. 141–53.

32 Shane, S., E. Locke, and C. Collins. 2003. “Entrepreneurial Motivation.” Human Resource Management Review 13, no. 2, pp. 257–79, 268.

33 Locke, E., and G. Latham. 1990. A Theory of Goal Setting and Performance. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.

34 Shane, S., E. Locke, and C. Collins. 2003. “Entrepreneurial Motivation.” Human Resource Management Review. 13, no. 2, pp. 257–79, 268, 270–72.

35 Baum, J., E. Locke, and K. Smith. 2001. “A Multi-Dimensional Model of Venture Growth.” Academy of Management Journal 44, no. 2, pp. 292–303.

36 Shane, S., E. Locke, and C. Collins. 2003. “Entrepreneurial Motivation.” Human Resource Management Review 13, no. 2, pp. 257–79, 269. ­(citing ­Busenitz, L., and J. Barney. 1997. “Differences Between Entrepreneurs and ­Managers in Large Organizations: Biases and Heuristics in Strategic Decision Making.” ­Journal of Business Venturing 12, no. 1, pp. 9–30).

37 Gartner, W. 1988. “‘Who Is an Entrepreneur?’ Is the Wrong Question.” American Journal of Small Business 12, no. 4, pp. 11–32. (citing Brockhaus, R. 1980. “Risk Taking Propensity of Entrepreneurs.” Academy of Management ­Journal 23, no. 3, pp. 509–20); Brockhaus. R., and W. Nord. 1979. “An Exploration of Factors Affecting the Entrepreneurial Decision: Personal Characteristics VS. Environmental Conditions.” Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management; and Sexton, D., and C. Kent. 1981. “Female Executives Versus Female Entrepreneurs.” In Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research: The Proceeding of the 1981 Babson Conference on Entrepreneurship Research, ed. K. Vesper, 40–45. Wellesley, MA: Babson College.

38 Shane, S., E. Locke, and C. Collins. 2003. “Entrepreneurial Motivation.” Human Resource Management Review 13, no. 2, pp. 257–79, 269–74. For more critiques of research on the role of human motivation in entrepreneurship, see Aldrich, H., and C. Zimmer. 1986. “Entrepreneurship through Social Networks.” In The Art and Science of Entrepreneurship, eds. D. Sexton and R. Smilor, 3–23. Cambridge, MA: Ballinger; and Carroll, G., and E. Mosakowski. 1987. “The Career Dynamics of Self-Employment.” Administrative Science Quarterly 32, pp. 570–89.

39 Shane, S., E. Locke, and C. Collins. 2003. “Entrepreneurial Motivation.” Human Resource Management Review 13, no. 2, pp. 257–79, 271.

40 Id.

41 Gartner, W. Spring 1988. “’Who is an Entrepreneur?’ Is the Wrong Question.” American Journal of Small Business 12, no. 4, pp. 11–32, 13–20.

42 Id. at pp. 12 and 21.