Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Entrepreneurial competencies as an entrepreneurial distinctive: An examination of the competency approach in defining entrepreneurs
by Li, Xiang, M.Sc., Singapore Management University (Singapore), 2009, 65; 1478225
Abstract (Summary)

Entrepreneurship is of critical importance to the modern economy. Researchers have studied entrepreneurship for decades. In recent years, significant relationship between entrepreneurial competencies and firm performance has been reported in empirical studies. Applying the competency approach, researchers have assumed that entrepreneurial competency differentiates entrepreneurs from non-entrepreneurs without empirically examining if this is the case. The research conducted under this thesis addresses this gap.

Drawing upon a thorough literature review regarding the components, antecedents and performance outcomes of the entrepreneurial competency, we propose the following hypothesis: the entrepreneurs generally possess higher level of entrepreneurial competencies than the non-entrepreneurs, and the entrepreneurs and the non-entrepreneurs can be discriminated based on their entrepreneurial competency level.

A survey is conducted among the business owners and the managers. Employing discriminant analysis, we find empirical evidence that the business owners generally possess higher level of entrepreneurial competencies than the managers, and the business owners and the managers can be discriminated based on their entrepreneurial competency level, which supports our hypothesis.

Key words: Competency Approach; Entrepreneur; Non-Entrepreneur

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Tan, Wee Liang
Commitee:
School: Singapore Management University (Singapore)
Department: Lee Kong Chian School of Business
School Location: Republic of Singapore
Source: MAI 48/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Entrepreneurship, Management
Keywords: , entrepreneurs, owner-manager, Competencies, competitiveness, corporate profits, entrepreneurial management
Publication Number: 1478225
ISBN: 978-1-124-08109-0
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