This study explores the influence of external control orientations on entrepreneurial behaviour. Entrepreneurs are thought to be headstrong individuals with internal control beliefs, seeking to control as much of their environment as possible. This illusion helps minimise their perceptions of risk, increasing their entrepreneurial intentions. However, this characterisation of the entrepreneur fails to consider those with exogenous control beliefs, such as religious entrepreneurs. By exploring the opportunity evaluation of Evangelical Christian entrepreneurs, this study demonstrates how and why individuals might be willing to cede control to an exogenous system and the impact this has on their risk perceptions. Based on these findings, a more nuanced understanding of entrepreneurs’ control orientations is required to provide a representative characterisation of entrepreneurs, making it easier to consider the influence of market forces and social institutions on entrepreneurial behaviour.
|Publication status||Published - 2021|
|Event||RENT XXXV: Inclusive Entrepreneurship - University of Turku, Turku, Finland|
Duration: 18 Nov 2021 → 19 Nov 2021
Conference number: 35
|Period||18/11/21 → 19/11/21|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Business, Management and Accounting(all)