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Understanding Factors that Influence Identification as an Entrepreneur: On Behavioral Misalignments and Over-Identification

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Understanding Factors that Influence Identification as an Entrepreneur: On Behavioral Misalignments and Over-Identification

Hums, Florian (2018) Understanding Factors that Influence Identification as an Entrepreneur: On Behavioral Misalignments and Over-Identification. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Abstract

Entrepreneurship research tends to take entrepreneurial status for granted and ignores the fact that “entrepreneur” is actually a more malleable social identity. This research examines the influence of a diverse set of factors and behaviors on individual’s likelihood to identify as an entrepreneur even if they bear no recognizable objective indicator of entrepreneurial action. I refer to the phenomenon of identifying as an entrepreneur without owning a business as “over-identified.” Using data from the National Longitudinal Youth Survey, which covers a period of 35 years, I test hypotheses of factors that will lead individuals to over-identify. Logistic regression reveals several factors including innovation-related activities and involvement in a family business, which significantly influence the likelihood for individuals to over-identify as entrepreneurs compared to the baseline definition. The paper makes several contributions to extant literature including advancing the cause of defining entrepreneurship and further integrating identity and entrepreneurship literature.

Divisions:Concordia University > John Molson School of Business > Management
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Hums, Florian
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M. Sc.
Program:Administration (Management option)
Date:3 August 2018
Thesis Supervisor(s):Nason, Robert
ID Code:984110
Deposited By: Florian Hums
Deposited On:16 Nov 2018 16:51
Last Modified:16 Nov 2018 16:51
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