Awakening the entrepreneurial spirit: Exploring the relationship between organizational factors and perceptions of entrepreneurial self-efficacy and desirability in a corporate setting

Deborah V. Brazeal (California State Polytechnic University)
Mark T. Schenkel (Belmont University, USA)
Jay A. Azriel (York College of Pennsylvania)

New England Journal of Entrepreneurship

ISSN: 2574-8904

Article publication date: 1 March 2008

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Abstract

While efforts at understanding how the entrepreneurial spirit is awakened (e.g., unwrapping the cognitive “black box”) have been productive in the new venture context, it remains largely unexplored in a corporate setting.This study extends previous research by investigating the relationship between organizational antecedents and perceptions of entrepreneurial self-efficacy and desirability of entrepreneurial activity. In a field study of organizations consistent with a corporate entrepreneurial archetype typology, we found that (1) individual work discretion and time availability impacted entrepreneurial self-efficacy, and (2) individual interest in work innovation influenced perceived desirability of innovative behaviors.

Citation

Brazeal, D.V., Schenkel, M.T. and Azriel, J.A. (2008), "Awakening the entrepreneurial spirit: Exploring the relationship between organizational factors and perceptions of entrepreneurial self-efficacy and desirability in a corporate setting", New England Journal of Entrepreneurship, Vol. 11 No. 1, pp. 9-25. https://doi.org/10.1108/NEJE-11-01-2008-B001

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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