Investigating the Entrepreneurial Attitudes of African Americans: A Study of Young Adults

The Journal of Applied Management and Entrepreneurship, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 2

20 Pages Posted: 30 Aug 2017

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Shanan Gwaltney Gibson

East Carolina University - Department of Management

Michael Harris

East Carolina University

Patrick Walker

University of Kentucky

William McDowell

East Carolina University

Date Written: August 28, 2014

Abstract

An examination of the entrepreneurial attitudes of African American business students from multiple U.S. universities was conducted using the Entrepreneurial Attitudes Orientation (EAO) scale. Results of the analysis indicate that African American students have very high entrepreneurial attitudes compared with the original validation sample of the EAO, and these attitudes are even higher among those who with prior entrepreneurial exposure via a family-owned or self-owned business. These findings are consistent with current rates of minority-started businesses and known intergenerational linkages in business ownership. Discussion of these findings and future research are also addressed.

Suggested Citation

Gibson, Shanan Gwaltney and Harris, Michael and Walker, Patrick and McDowell, William, Investigating the Entrepreneurial Attitudes of African Americans: A Study of Young Adults (August 28, 2014). The Journal of Applied Management and Entrepreneurship, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 2 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3028195

Shanan Gwaltney Gibson

East Carolina University - Department of Management ( email )

United States

Michael Harris

East Carolina University

Greenville, NC 27858
United States

Patrick Walker (Contact Author)

University of Kentucky ( email )

Lexington, KY 40506
United States
(859)562-2503 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://https://www.uky.edu/honors/patrick-walker

William McDowell

East Carolina University

Greenville, NC 27858
United States

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