The Entrepreneurial Personalities: A study of personality traits and leadership preferences of entrepreneurs

Bidragets oversatte titel: Iværksætterpersonligheder: Et studie af iværksætternes personlighedstræk og ledelsespræferencer

Publikation: Bog/antologi/afhandling/rapportPh.d.-afhandlingForskning

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Abstrakt

The objective is to investigate what constitutes the entrepreneurial personality in terms of innate and learned personality characteristics and how these relate to environmental impact and leadership. Starting with a cross-disciplinary literature review, data were collected from 55 active entrepreneurs through a standardised personality test, a leadership preference test, and a questionnaire. These double-tested data provided significant results.

The thesis suggests that the concept of an entrepreneur should be divided into three different categories: Self-employed, Business owner and Entrepreneur. Additionally, within the entrepreneur category four typologies are displayed: Synnovation Entrepreneur, Team Entrepreneur, Adventurer and Rebel. Moreover, the research finds that the set of personality traits necessary for an entrepreneur consists of Autonomy, Exploration Drive, Preparedness for Change, and Self-preservation Instinct.

In conclusion, the entrepreneurial traits are the origin of an entrepreneur and the environment shapes how and when the entrepreneurial activity emerges. Moreover, leadership defines the nature and extent of the entrepreneurial activity and whether it takes place at all.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
ForlagAalborg Universitetsforlag
Antal sider259
ISBN (Elektronisk)978-87-7112-453-8
StatusUdgivet - 2017
NavnPh.d.-serien for Det Samfundsvidenskabelige Fakultet, Aalborg Universitet
ISSN2246-1256

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Bibliografisk note

PhD supervisor:
Professor Svetla T. Marinova, Aalborg University

Citationsformater

Østergaard, A. (2017). The Entrepreneurial Personalities: A study of personality traits and leadership preferences of entrepreneurs. Aalborg Universitetsforlag. Ph.d.-serien for Det Samfundsvidenskabelige Fakultet, Aalborg Universitet