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Entrepreneurial alertness and self-perceived employability: a virtuous marriage for career development

Vincenzo Cavaliere (Economics and Management, University of Florence, Florence, Italy)
Sara Sassetti (Political Science, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy)
Sara Lombardi (Economics and Management, University of Florence, Florence, Italy)

Personnel Review

ISSN: 0048-3486

Article publication date: 25 January 2021

Issue publication date: 11 March 2022




Building on the importance of students becoming entrepreneurs of their own career, this research aimed to achieve two main objectives: to empirically test the sequential relationship between the three dimensions of entrepreneurial alertness as proposed by Tang et al. (2012) and to link such dimensions to self-perceived employability.


A web survey data were obtained among a sample of 404 universities students. The test of the theoretical framework was performed by running a structural equation modeling (SEM).


The results show that the three entrepreneurial alertness components are sequentially related. Moreover, the results demonstrated that among the examined dimensions, only evaluation and judgment had a direct effect on self-perceived employability, with the remaining dimensions having an indirect influence.


There has been rarely any previous empirical attempt at investigating a framework that consider the relationship between entrepreneurial attitudes, such as alertness, on employability. The investigation of the entrepreneurial attitudes as antecedents of employability is particularly vital to graduates who will soon enter the labor market as “entrepreneurs of their own career”.



The authors are grateful to Nino Miceli for his insightful comments on data analysis. The authors also thank the members of the Organizational Behavior Faculty Research Group at London School of Economics and Political Science, and the faculty members of King's Business School for their feedback on a previous version of this paper.


Cavaliere, V., Sassetti, S. and Lombardi, S. (2022), "Entrepreneurial alertness and self-perceived employability: a virtuous marriage for career development", Personnel Review, Vol. 51 No. 1, pp. 137-158.



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