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Entrepreneurial characteristics in Switzerland and the UK: A comparative study of techno-entrepreneurs

  • Kayhan Tajeddini
  • Stephen L. Mueller
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Abstract

The entrepreneur is the central actor in generating entrepreneurial activity. Thus, it is important to understand the motivational characteristics and variables associated with entrepreneurial behavior spurring people to become entrepreneurs. For this study, a comparative analysis of high-tech entrepreneurs in Switzerland and the UK was undertaken to determine the extent to which they differ in terms of entrepreneurial characteristics. A total of 253 useful questionnaires from entrepreneurs in both countries enabled us to distinguish differences between these two groups. Findings reveal that some entrepreneurial characteristics such as autonomy, propensity for risk, and locus of control are higher among UK techno-entrepreneurs while other characteristics such as achievement need, tolerance for ambiguity, innovativeness, and confidence are higher among Swiss techno-entrepreneurs.

Keywords

Swiss techno-entrepreneur Risk taking Confidence Ambiguity Innovativeness Achievement Autonomy Locus of control 

Notes

Acknowledgements

We are grateful to the chief editor, Professor Hamid Etemad and two anonymous reviewers of the Journal of International Entrepreneurship, for their thoughtful suggestions and insightful comments on an earlier version of this paper.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Entrepreneurship and Research MethodologyLes Roches International School of Hotel ManagementBlucheSwitzerland
  2. 2.International Business Center, College of BusinessNorthern Kentucky UniversityHighland HeightsUSA

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