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Title:An Examination of Factors Influencing Entrepreneurial Opportunity Identification Process
Author(s):Orwa, Bani Otieno
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Ardichvili, Alexandre
Department / Program:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Economics, Commerce-Business
Abstract:The data for this study was collected from 30 entrepreneurs who were former graduates of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign using two instruments; semi-structured interviews and survey instrument. Both qualitative and quantitative data were analyzed independently using computer software and later compared to determine convergence. Survey results were used to enhance deeper understanding and confidence in the interview results. The findings were consistent with opportunity identification factors found in the literature namely creativity, optimism (based on self-efficacy), information search, alertness, social network and prior knowledge. Although, mentoring and brainstorming emerged as other important factors, social network was identified as the dominant factor in opportunity identification. The study builds on theoretical and empirical studies by proposing a model that identifies two antecedents that distinguish between different types of entrepreneurs, more effectively explaining opportunity identification factors, and suggesting their inclusion in future models. Implications, limitations, and suggested future research are discussed.
Issue Date:2004
Description:160 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2004.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3130997
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2004

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