Can you learn to be a good entrepreneur? | The Oxford Review - OR Briefings

Can you learn to be a good entrepreneur?

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Keywords: Entrepreneurial motivation. Entrepreneurship, Expectancy theory, Self- employment, belief, effort, self-efficacy

There is a continual question with entrepreneurship about whether people can learn to be a good entrepreneur or whether the best entrepreneurs are those who have the ability and aptitude for entrepreneurship.

A new study

A new study looked at this very issue during the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, when unemployment across much of the Western world increased significantly, forcing many people into self-employment. A team of researchers from the Department of Business Science at the University of Castilla-La Mancha in Spain were interested in whether the people who had been forced into self-employment and entrepreneurship were doing as well as those who seem to have a natural inclination towards founding, building and running their own business. They decided to investigate this question through what is known as Expectancy Theory

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