Danger Zone Entrepreneurs: The Importance of Resilience and Self‐Efficacy for Entrepreneurial Intentions

Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 38(3), 473-499.

49 Pages Posted: 1 Dec 2017

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Amanda Bullough

University of Delaware, Lerner College of Business & Economics

Maija Renko

DePaul University

Tamara Myatt

Independent

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Date Written: May 23, 2012

Abstract

Little is known about the drivers of entrepreneurial decisions during war. We empirically examine the effects of perceived danger, entrepreneurial self-efficacy, and resilience on entrepreneurial intentions in adverse conditions with primary survey data from Afghanistan. Our findings suggest that perceived danger is negatively related to an individual’s entrepreneurial intentions, but marginally less so among highly resilient individuals. Our findings also suggest that even under conditions of war, individuals develop entrepreneurial intentions if they are able to grow from adversity (resilience) and believe in their entrepreneurial abilities (entrepreneurial self-efficacy). Practical implications for role modelling and entrepreneurship training are then discussed.

Keywords: entrepreneurship, resilience, self-efficacy, Afghanistan, perceived danger

JEL Classification: L26

Suggested Citation

Bullough, Amanda and Renko, Maija and Myatt, Tamara, Danger Zone Entrepreneurs: The Importance of Resilience and Self‐Efficacy for Entrepreneurial Intentions (May 23, 2012). Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 38(3), 473-499., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3079233

Amanda Bullough

University of Delaware, Lerner College of Business & Economics ( email )

Newark, DE 19711
United States

Maija Renko (Contact Author)

DePaul University ( email )

1 E. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL
United States

Tamara Myatt

Independent

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