The roles of learning orientation and passion for work in the formation of entrepreneurial intention

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Title: The roles of learning orientation and passion for work in the formation of entrepreneurial intention
Authors: De Clercq, Dirk
Honig, Benson
Martin, Bruce
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Date: Sep-2013
Online since: 2013-12-04T09:52:59Z
Abstract: In order to extend understanding of the drivers that underlie entrepreneurial intention formation, this article investigates the hitherto underexplored roles of people’s learning orientation and passion for work. It considers how these personal characteristics may moderate the instrumentality of their perceived ability to become a successful entrepreneur, and perceptions of the attractiveness of becoming an entrepreneur. Using a survey of 946 university students, it finds that learning orientation and passion for work invigorate the role of these feasibility and desirability considerations in enhancing entrepreneurial intention. A follow-up analysis reveals that the moderating effects of learning orientation and passion for work on the perceived attractiveness–entrepreneurial intention relationship are stronger to the extent that people value the intrinsic goal of autonomy in their future career more, but these moderating effects are immune to the importance of the extrinsic goal of earning financial rewards. Several implications for research and practice emerge.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Journal: International Small Business Journal
Volume: 31
Issue: 6
Start page: 652
End page: 676
Copyright (published version): 2013 SAGE Publications
Keywords: Entrepreneurial intentionLearning orientationPassion for workTheory of planned behavior
DOI: 10.1177/0266242611432360
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Business Research Collection

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