An investigation of entrepreneurial career commitment and its predictors

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An investigation of entrepreneurial career commitment and its predictors

 

Author: Lau, Pak-lung Victor
Title: An investigation of entrepreneurial career commitment and its predictors
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 1996
Subject: Businessmen -- China -- Hong Kong -- Job satisfaction
Entrepreneurship -- China -- Hong Kong
Vocational interests -- China -- Hong Kong
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Multi-disciplinary Studies
Pages: viii, 134 leaves ; 30 cm
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b1235583
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/4157
Abstract: Entrepreneurship is often credited with the ability to lead economic recovery, to generate a cornucopia of innovation, and to create new jobs (Kao and Stevenson, 1985). Since there is a lack of natural resources in Hong Kong (Ng and Lethbridge, 1995), entrepreneurs are one of the most important resources. However, empirical research on entrepreneurship in Hong Kong, as well as in the global context, is limited. This study focuses on career commitment and career satisfaction of entrepreneurs. A hypothesized model of predictors of entrepreneurial career commitment and entrepreneurial career satisfaction was developed and tested. Subjects were entrepreneurs in Hong Kong selected by systematic random sampling (n = 123). Data were collected by mail questionnaires and analyzed by SAS. Established instruments were used and reliability coefficients were generally good. Results showed that intrinsic motivation is a significant positive predictor of entrepreneurial career satisfaction. Intrinsic motivation and entrepreneurial career satisfaction are also significant positive predictors of entrepreneurial career commitment. Although sociability is not a significant predictor of entrepreneur's career commitment and career satisfaction, it is a significant negative predictor of entrepreneurial career commitment when it interacts with age, career stage, and entrepreneurial family background. Intolerance of ambiguity and most demographic variables do not emerge as significant predictors of entrepreneurial career commitment and entrepreneurial career satisfaction. Implications of the findings, Limitations and contributions of this study, and directions for future studies were discussed.

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