Exploring the characteristics of potential entrepreneurs: An empirical study

  • Gualter Couto University of Azores and CEEAplA
  • Áurea Sousa University of Azores and CEEAplA
  • Pedro Pimentel University of Azores and CEEAplA

Abstract

Entrepreneurship is a popular research topic over the last several decades. Various authors study the characteristics that best define future entrepreneur profiles. In this paper, we apply a framework to screen school populations in the Azores Islands, Portugal, for the prospects of entrepreneurship and to study the profiles of those who show noticeably entrepreneurial orientations. In this paper, we apply the ordinal probit regression model, often referred to as the ordered probit model, in order to explain the entrepreneurial prospects of students in high school in the Azores Islands. The findings revealed that the factor “Entrepreneurial orientation” only explains, in part, prospects for entrepreneurship. In this context, the results emphasize the importance of some entrepreneurial skills and personality characteristics in the development of entrepreneurial spirit. The findings also highlight the role of entrepreneurship education in the entrepreneurial attitudes and the role of entrepreneurial learning in the development of entrepreneurial skills


Research paper


Keywords: Entrepreneurship; Entrepreneurial prospects; Personality traits; Ordinal regression


Reference to this paper should be made as follows: Couto, G., Sousa, A., & Pimentel, P. (2017). Exploring the characteristics of the potential entrepreneurs: An empirical study, Journal of Entrepreneurship, Business and Economics, 5(2), 1–18.

Published
Mar 23, 2017
How to Cite
COUTO, Gualter; SOUSA, Áurea; PIMENTEL, Pedro. Exploring the characteristics of potential entrepreneurs: An empirical study. Journal of Entrepreneurship, Business and Economics, [S.l.], v. 5, n. 2, p. 1-18, mar. 2017. ISSN 2345-4695. Available at: <http://scientificia.com/index.php/JEBE/article/view/58>. Date accessed: 21 oct. 2017.
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