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“Who Is an Entrepreneur?” Is the Wrong Question

“Who Is an Entrepreneur?” Is the Wrong Question Entrepreneurship is the creation of organizations. What differentiates entrepreneurs from non-entrepreneurs is that entrepreneurs create organizations, while non-entrepreneurs do not. In behavioral approaches to the study of entrepreneurship an entrepreneur is seen as a set of activities involved in organization creation, while in trait approaches an entrepreneur is a set of personality traits and characteristics. This paper argues that trait approaches have been unfruitful and that behavioral approaches will be a more productive perspective for future research in entrepreneurship. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Journal of Small Business SAGE

“Who Is an Entrepreneur?” Is the Wrong Question

American Journal of Small Business , Volume 12 (4): 22 – Apr 1, 1988

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Publisher
SAGE
Copyright
© 1988 SAGE Publications
ISSN
0363-9428
eISSN
1540-6520
DOI
10.1177/104225878801200401
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Abstract

Entrepreneurship is the creation of organizations. What differentiates entrepreneurs from non-entrepreneurs is that entrepreneurs create organizations, while non-entrepreneurs do not. In behavioral approaches to the study of entrepreneurship an entrepreneur is seen as a set of activities involved in organization creation, while in trait approaches an entrepreneur is a set of personality traits and characteristics. This paper argues that trait approaches have been unfruitful and that behavioral approaches will be a more productive perspective for future research in entrepreneurship.

Journal

American Journal of Small BusinessSAGE

Published: Apr 1, 1988

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