Frontiers of Entrepreneurship
ENTREPRENEURSHIP: ONE MORE TIME
NONCOGNITIVE CHARACTERISTICS THAT MAKE THE COGNITIVE CLICK
Daryl G. Mitton, San Diego State University
Hooked on Hughes
A Confirming Theory
My First Research Efforts
MY PERSPECTIVE OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP, 1953
MY METHOD OF STUDY
MY PERSPECTIVE OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP, 1997
They Actively Bank Experience
They Systemically Think and Act.
They Continually Test Limits.
They Commit to a "Cause".
They Embrace Competence.
They Are Situationists.
They Take Fast Action.
They Make Significant and Enduring Change.
New View of Entrepreneurship
The Rewards of Corporate Experience
Reexamining Entrepreneurship Teaching
The question has been raised many times as to what the
characteristics of entrepreneurs are. To date the studies
regarding their distinctive features tend to be
inconclusive. Presented here, is a different way of looking
at entrepreneurs, which, hopefully, can shed new light on what
makes entrepreneurs different. In this study behavior
patterns of only highly successful entrepreneurs who have made a
distinctive difference are considered. Further, a very
broad spectrum of source material is used to gather
informationinteraction, observation, informal interview,
research studies, concept books and papers, conference
presentations, autobiographies, biographies, novels, and reports
from the popular business press such as The Wall Street Journal,
Fortune, Forbes, and Business Week. Personal factors and patterns
that led to significant results were noted, analyzed, and
eventually categorized. The conclusions reached are that
most highly successful entrepreneurs: Actively Bank Experiences;
Systematically Think and Act; Continually Test Limits; Embrace
Competence; Commit to a "Cause"; Are Situationists;
Take Fast Action; and Seek Significant and Enduring Change. These
"backdrop patterns" are what make the entrepreneur's
cognitive behavior successful. These are the behavioral
forces that make entrepreneurs entrepreneurial. They should help,
too, in determining just how they differ from
"nonentrepreneurs," whoever they might be.
They also suggest the form that entrepreneurial training should
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