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Should I stay or should I go? Career choice intentions of students with family business background

abstract Personal and motivational patterns of intentional founders have been researched in great depth; however, antecedents to career choices of intentional successors have been conspicuously missing in entrepreneurship research. By drawing on theory of planned behavior, we investigate how intentional founders, successors, and employees differ in terms of locus of control and entrepreneurial self-efficacy as well as independence and innovation motives. We find that transitive likelihood of career intent depends on degree of entrepreneurial self-efficacy and the independence motive. Unexpectedly, we see that high levels of internal locus of control lead to a preference of employment, which challenges traditional entrepreneurship research and suggests that the feasibility of an entrepreneurial career path does not automatically make it desirable. Our findings suggests that students with family business background are pessimistic about being in control, but optimistic about their efficacy to pursue an entrepreneurial career
   
type journal paper
   
keywords
   
project GUESSS - Global University Entrepreneurial Spirit Students' Survey
language English
kind of paper journal article
date of appearance 1-9-2011
journal Journal of Business Venturing
publisher Elsevier (Amsterdam)
ISSN 0883-9026
ISSN (online) 1873-2003
DOI 10.1016/j.jbusvent.2010.04.001
volume of journal 26
number of issue 5
page(s) 521-536
review double-blind review
   
citation Zellweger, T., Sieger, P., & Halter, F. (2011). Should I stay or should I go? Career choice intentions of students with family business background. Journal of Business Venturing, 26(5), 521-536, DOI:10.1016/j.jbusvent.2010.04.001.