Entrepreneurship and the characteristics of the entrepreneurial personality

Hannu Littunen (University of Jyväskylä, School of Business and Economics Centre for Economic Research, Jyväskylä, Finland)

International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research

ISSN: 1355-2554

Publication date: 1 December 2000


Examines the characteristics of the entrepreneurial personality and the effects of changes in the entrepreneur’s personal relationships. According to the empirical findings, becoming an entrepreneur and acting as an entrepreneur are both aspects of the entrepreneur’s learning process, which in turn has an effect on the personality characteristics of the entrepreneur. The entrepreneur’s drive to solve problems (= mastery) had increased, and control by powerful others decreased since the start‐up phase. Changes in the entrepreneur’s relations with others were also observed to have an effect on the entrepreneur’s personality characteristics. The empirical findings also show that as the number of co‐operative partners decreased, control by powerful others also decreased, and that, since the start‐up phase, entrepreneurs whose personal relations had increased also showed a clear increase in mastery.



Littunen, H. (2000), "Entrepreneurship and the characteristics of the entrepreneurial personality", International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, Vol. 6 No. 6, pp. 295-310. https://doi.org/10.1108/13552550010362741

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