Self-regulation and entrepreneurial career choice

Peter Bryant

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Entrepreneurial career choice has been identified as one of the defining features of entrepreneurship. This paper reports a mixed methods study that investigates the role of social cognitive self-regulation in that process. Based upon survey data regarding two existing self-regulatory constructs regulatory pride and entrepreneurial self-efficacy founder manager entrepreneurs appear to be distinguished from each other, and as a group from employee managers, by a distinct pattern of self-regulation. When analysed in combination with interview data, that pattern of self-regulation is strongly related to creativity, self-realization, altruism, independence, and challenge as reasons for entrepreneurial career choice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRegional frontiers of entrepreneurship research 2006
Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of the third annual regional entrepreneurship research exchange
EditorsMurray Gillan
Place of PublicationMelbourne
PublisherSwinburne University
Publication statusPublished - 2006
EventRegional Entrepreneurship Research Exchange (3rd : 2006) - Auckland
Duration: 8 Feb 200610 Feb 2006


ConferenceRegional Entrepreneurship Research Exchange (3rd : 2006)


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