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Successful entrepreneurs carry a personality trait that displays the psychological characteristics of internal locus of control, high self-esteem, propensity to take risks, tolerance of ambiguity, need for achievement and innovativeness.

Flanagan, Patrick (2014) Successful entrepreneurs carry a personality trait that displays the psychological characteristics of internal locus of control, high self-esteem, propensity to take risks, tolerance of ambiguity, need for achievement and innovativeness. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

Entrepreneurship is a specific career that carries with it challenges of various types. Entrepreneurs, who address these challenges and successfully achieve their goals, tend to have specific psychological characteristics as is the case with those who do not. The questions often asked: do these characteristics differ in entrepreneurs or is there a definite set of psychological variants evident in all entrepreneurs.

This leads to the research proposition ‘Successful entrepreneurs carry a personality trait that displays the psychological characteristics of internal locus of control, high self-esteem, propensity to take risks, tolerance of ambiguity, need for achievement and innovativeness’.

This thesis indicates, from both primary and secondary research, that entrepreneurs have indeed a specific set of psychological characteristics.

The research presents literature from a range of academics, critically evaluating the research proposition. It then presents findings from the utilisation of data collected from a multi case study approach and from the literature review to prove the validity of the research proposition.
Through the multi case study approach mentioned previously, two entrepreneurs were studied using qualitative interview based research. The first case study was used both for information gathering purposes and as a pilot study before commencing research on the second case study.

All information gathered is analysed and presented to support the research proposition presented.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory > Entrepreneurship
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology > Psychology, Applied
Divisions: School of Business > Master of Business Administration
Depositing User: Claire Wallnutt
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2014 10:26
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2014 10:26
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/1830

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