Mismatch between Entrepreneurs and Their Firms: The Role of Cognitive Fit/Misfit

28 Pages Posted: 7 Oct 2007

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Keith H. Brigham

Texas Tech University - Rawls College of Business

Julio O. de Castro

Instituto de Empresa Business School

Dean Shepherd

University of Colorado at Boulder - Department of Management

Date Written: April 15, 2004

Abstract

This paper examines the relationship between cognitive fit/misfit, and burnout, satisfaction, and intentions to exit the firm in entrepreneurs. Given the disordinal (crossed) nature of the significant interactions, the results indicate when cognitive misfit in entrepreneurs (based on their dominant decision-making approach) is more likely lead them to experience negative outcomes, given the nature and degree of firm structure. This study contributes by extending the Person-Organization fit approach beyond employees to entrepreneurs and by providing researchers with means of placing the individual entrepreneur and his/her psychological make up back into the entrepreneurship equation without the pitfalls and the limitations associated with many of the past psychological (trait) studies.

Suggested Citation

Brigham, Keith H. and de Castro, Julio O. and Shepherd, Dean, Mismatch between Entrepreneurs and Their Firms: The Role of Cognitive Fit/Misfit (April 15, 2004). Instituto de Empresa Business School Working Paper No. WP04-10, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1019610 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1019610

Keith H. Brigham

Texas Tech University - Rawls College of Business ( email )

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Julio O. De Castro (Contact Author)

Instituto de Empresa Business School ( email )

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Dean Shepherd

University of Colorado at Boulder - Department of Management ( email )

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United States
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