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Entrepreneurial intentions: The influence of organizational and individual factors

Lee, Lena and Wong, Poh Kam and Foo, Maw Der and Leung, Aegean (2009): Entrepreneurial intentions: The influence of organizational and individual factors. Forthcoming in: Journal of Business Venturing

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Abstract

An individual's intent to pursue an entrepreneurial career can result from the work environment and from personal factors. Drawing on the entrepreneurial intentions and the person–environment (P–E) fit literatures, and applying a multilevel perspective, we examine why individuals intend to leave their jobs to start business ventures. Findings, using a sample of 4192 IT professionals in Singapore, suggest that work environments with an unfavorable innovation climate and/or lack of technical excellence incentives influence entrepreneurial intentions, through low job satisfaction. Moderating effects suggest that an individual's innovation orientation strengthens the work-environment to job-satisfaction relationship; selfefficacy strengthens the job-satisfaction to entrepreneurial intentions relationship.

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