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Big five personality traits, entrepreneurial self-efficacy and entrepreneurial intention: A configurational approach

Faruk Şahin (Fethiye Faculty of Business Administration, Mugla Sitki Kocman University, Mugla,Turkey)
Hande Karadağ (Faculty of Economics, Administrative and Social Sciences, MEF University, İstanbul, Turkey)
Büşra Tuncer (Fethiye Faculty of Business Administration, Mugla Sitki Kocman University, Mugla,Turkey)

International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research

ISSN: 1355-2554

Article publication date: 20 February 2019

Issue publication date: 19 August 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The literature considers the big five personality traits and entrepreneurial self-efficacy (ESE) to be important individual-level factors that determine entrepreneurial intention. However, little is known about the profiles of personal characteristics of individuals who express a high level of entrepreneurial intention. The purpose of this paper is to carry out a comparative analysis of personal characteristics that contribute to new business start-up intention.

Design/methodology/approach

Using survey data from two samples, fuzzy set qualitative comparative analysis (fsQCA) was performed to extract patterns of personal characteristics (i.e. the big five personality traits and ESE) that impact entrepreneurial intention.

Findings

The outcomes of the analyses demonstrate that a high level of entrepreneurial intention can be realized through multiple configurations of the big five personality traits and ESE.

Practical implications

This paper can inform practice on entrepreneurship education. Specifically, the paper includes implications for the development of ESE, and for understanding multiple configurations of personal characteristics that lead to a high level of entrepreneurial intention.

Originality/value

This paper addresses an identified need to understand how personal characteristics operate conjointly and among individuals.

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Citation

Şahin, F., Karadağ, H. and Tuncer, B. (2019), "Big five personality traits, entrepreneurial self-efficacy and entrepreneurial intention: A configurational approach", International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, Vol. 25 No. 6, pp. 1188-1211. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJEBR-07-2018-0466

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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