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›› 2012, Vol. 20 ›› Issue (3): 403-411.

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Review of Research on Entrepreneurial Personality

LI Hai-Lei;GONG Yan-Ming;ZHANG Wen-Xin   

  1. (School of Psychology, Shandong Normal University, Jinan 250014, China)
  • Received:2011-07-14 Revised:1900-01-01 Online:2012-03-15 Published:2012-03-15
  • Contact: ZHANG Wen-Xin

Abstract: Research on entrepreneurial personality received wide criticism in the 1990s after the initial period of flourishing. This paper briefly reviewed the history of entrepreneurial personality research and introduced the Model of Entrepreneurs’ Personality Characteristics and Success. The specific and general personality traits that were related to entrepreneurship were summarized, and inconsistencies in research findings were then analyzed. Finally, the paper suggested that future research on entrepreneurial personality should give special emphasis on: a) a clearer definition of the concept and the construction of theoretical model, b) improving research design and the validity of measurements, c) identifying variables that moderate and/or mediate the link between personality and entrepreneurship, and d) more careful selection and differentiation of entrepreneurial performance variables.

Key words: personality, entrepreneurship, a Model of Entrepreneurs’ Personality Characteristics and Success