Entrepreneurial personality: the role of narcissism


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Mathieu, Cynthia et St-Jean, Étienne (2013). Entrepreneurial personality: the role of narcissism. Personality and Individual Differences, 55 (5). pp. 527-531. ISSN 0191-8869 DOI 10.1016/j.paid.2013.04.026

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Research has established a number of personality features and behaviours associated with business creation and success. The similarities between these traits and narcissism, a concept with roots in clinical psychology and psychiatry, led the authors to conduct this study, which proposes to measure whether entrepreneurs score higher on a narcissism scale than other vocational groups. The second goal of this study is to measure the role of narcissism on intention to start a business. Student entrepreneurs have been compared with non-entrepreneur students, city workers, and employees and managers from a branch of a large financial institution. Then, students filled out measures of general self-efficacy, locus of control and risk propensity as well as a narcissism scale. Results indicate that student entrepreneurs score significantly higher than all other vocational groups on a measure of narcissism. Results also indicate that narcissism is positively correlated with general self-efficacy, locus of control and risk propensity. Moreover, narcissism plays a significant role in explaining entrepreneurial intentions, even after controlling for self-efficacy, locus of control and risk propensity. Overall, these findings shed new light on the underlying personality traits of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial intentions and suggest new directions in the study of entrepreneurs' personality profile. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.

Type de document: Article
Mots-clés libres: INRPME
Date de dépôt: 16 avr. 2020 14:57
Dernière modification: 16 avr. 2020 14:57
Version du document déposé: Post-print (version corrigée et acceptée)
URI: https://depot-e.uqtr.ca/id/eprint/9192

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