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Who Wants to Be an Entrepreneur? The Relationship Between Vocational Interests and Individual Differences in Entrepreneurship

Almeida, Patricia I. L.; Ahmetoglu, Gorkan and Chamorro-Premuzic, Tomas. 2014. Who Wants to Be an Entrepreneur? The Relationship Between Vocational Interests and Individual Differences in Entrepreneurship. Journal of Career Assessment, 22(1), pp. 102-112. ISSN 1069-0727 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

The current study examines the relationship between individual differences in entrepreneurship and vocational interests in a sample of 565 adults. Specifically, it investigates associations between vocational interests (as assessed by Holland’s realistic, investigative, artistic, social, enterprising, and conventional model), entrepreneurial potential (as assessed by measure of entrepreneurial tendencies and abilities [META]), and entrepreneurial activity, both within and outside organizations. Results reveal predictable associations between Holland’s taxonomy of vocational interests and entrepreneurial outcomes. Incremental validity tests show that Holland’s vocational interests predict entrepreneurial activity even when entrepreneurial potential and demographic variables are taken into account. Furthermore, structural equation modeling indicates that META is the strongest and most consistent predictor of entrepreneurial activity. Practical and theoretical implications for vocational guidance and career assessment are considered.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1177/1069072713492923

Keywords:

RIASEC, Holland, entrepreneurship, individual differences, vocational interests.

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
February 2014Published

Item ID:

10763

Date Deposited:

15 Oct 2014 10:01

Last Modified:

22 Apr 2016 16:51

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/10763

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