The Entrepreneurial Personality in the Context of Resources, Environment, and the Startup Process—A Configurational Approach

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  • Christian Korunka,

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    1. Christina Korunka is a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Vienna, Austria.
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  • Hermann Frank,

    1. Hermann Frank is a professor in the Department of Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration.
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  • Manfred Lueger,

    1. Manfred Lueger is a professor in the Department of General Sociology and Economic Sociology at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration.
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  • Josef Mugler

    1. Josef Mugler is a professor in the Department of General Sociology and Economic Sociology at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration.
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Christian Korunka, Department of Psychology, University of Vienna, Liebiggasse 5, A-1010 Vienna, Austria. email: Christian.korunka@univie.ac.at

Abstract

The goal of this interdisciplinary study is to analyze the entrepreneurial personality in the context of resources, environment, and the startup process based on a configurational approach. The study focuses on the startup process. A questionnaire was developed to measure the configuration areas of personality, personal resources, environment, and organizing activities. A representative sample of 1,169 nascent entrepreneurs and new business owner-managers was examined. Three startup configurations were found which reveal different patterns of personality characteristics. These patterns are interpreted in the context of aspects of the environment, the resources, and the startup process.

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