The Influence of self-regulation on values and ethics in decision making by entrepreneurs

Peter Thomas Bryant

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Entrepreneurs often face challenges and conflicts with respect to values and ethics in decision making. This mixed methods study explores a significant gap in the literature on that subject, namely the influence of self-regulation. I use survey instruments to measure two existing self-regulatory constructs termed regulatory pride and self-efficacy. The results suggest that entrepreneurs are both distinctive and heterogeneous in terms of these self-regulatory characteristics. When combined with interview data regarding their decision making behaviors, the results suggest that entrepreneurs with strong self-regulatory characteristics routinely consider values and ethics in decision making, whereas those with weak self-regulatory characteristics rarely do so.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Conference on Ethics and Entrepreneurship
EditorsH. Sapienza, N. Bowie, J. Harris
Place of PublicationMinneapolis, Minnesota
PublisherUniversity of Minnesota
Number of pages34
Publication statusPublished - 2006
EventEthics and Entrepreneurship Conference - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Duration: 27 Apr 200629 Apr 2006


ConferenceEthics and Entrepreneurship Conference
CityMinneapolis, Minnesota

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