This study examined the extent of the explanatory relationship between gender and entrepreneurial self-efficacy (ESE) among entrepreneurs in the state of Georgia. Statistics show that men are more likely than women are to become entrepreneurs, but there is a lack of scholarly understanding as to the reasons for this disparity. Some scholars have suggested that factors such as age and gender may influence ESE, defined as an individual’s belief in his or her ability to pursue business ownership or self-employment. Despite increasing scholarly interest in the topic of ESE, there is a lack of consensus regarding the explanatory role of variables such as gender, and this study addressed that problem by providing empirical evidence to further the scholarly debate. The present study also examined whether the controlling variable of age influenced the relationship between gender and entrepreneurs’ ESE. A quantitative, nonexperimental, explanatory research design was used to conduct the study. A cross-sectional survey instrument was used to collect data from male and female entrepreneurs in the state of Georgia. The sample consisted of 54 individuals that owned businesses throughout Georgia in a variety of different industries. The survey data were analyzed using simple linear regression and hierarchical multiple linear regression to examine the relationships between variables. The data analysis indicated that gender did not significantly explain variance in ESE, and age did not have a moderating effect on the relationship between gender and ESE. The results did indicate that age was significantly related to ESE with entrepreneurs over the age of 35 exhibiting significantly higher levels of ESE compared to entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 34. The study’s findings suggest that further research is needed to explore the role of age regarding ESE.
|Commitee:||Mason, Edward, Phillip, Randall|
|Department:||Business and Technology|
|School Location:||United States -- Minnesota|
|Source:||DAI-A 80/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Business administration, Entrepreneurship|
|Keywords:||Entrepreneurial self-efficacy, Entrepreneurs in Georgia, Self-efficacy|
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