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p. 544. Entrepreneurs’ contextlocked

  • Paul Westhead
  •  and Mike Wright

Abstract

‘Entrepreneurs' context’ asks the question: is it personality or socialization that shapes a person's propensity to become an entrepreneur? One arguments states that an individual's personality, defined in terms of their regularities in action, feeling, and thoughts, explains their actions. A counter argument is that social and career history contexts, such as social class, family composition, and parental background, shape someone's propensity to become a good entrepreneur. There are a number of links between a person's social context and the attitudes and resources that can be gathered at various stages in life, which can be mobilized towards an enterprising venture.

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