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Entrepreneurial Personality and Small Business Management
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Entrepreneurial Personality and Small Business Management

Is there a Narcissist in Every Successful Entrepreneur?

9781839108969 Edward Elgar Publishing
Simona Leonelli, Research Fellow, Department of Economics and Management, University of Padova, Italy and Francesca Masciarelli, Associate Professor, Department of Business Administration, University G. d’Annunzio, Italy
Publication Date: 2020 ISBN: 978 1 83910 896 9 Extent: 136 pp
Entrepreneurial Personality and Small Business Management offers a comprehensive analysis with theoretical and empirical grounding for understanding how entrepreneurial personality shapes small business outcomes. It explores why entrepreneurs act differently when facing similar situations and why some are more successful than others. This book represents an important step towards the development of a more complete understanding of the entrepreneur’s role in a small firm.

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Entrepreneurial Personality and Small Business Management offers a comprehensive analysis with theoretical and empirical grounding for understanding how entrepreneurial personality shapes small business outcomes. It explores why entrepreneurs act differently when facing similar situations and why some are more successful than others.

Simona Leonelli and Francesca Masciarelli provide detailed quantitative and qualitative analyses based on original datasets, identifying the main personality traits of an entrepreneur. They particularly focus on how entrepreneurial narcissism affects small businesses and influences habitual entrepreneurship. Chapters draw on research techniques from a wide variety of disciplines including strategic management, entrepreneurial finance and innovation studies to reveal the importance and role of personality traits in shaping firm outcomes.

This book represents an important step towards the development of a more complete understanding of the entrepreneur’s role in a small firm. It will be a valuable resource for scholars and researchers interested in entrepreneurial behavior and SMEs, in particular how personality affects business outcomes. The focus on how personal characteristics, traits and qualities can lead to success will also be of interest to entrepreneurs and business advisors.
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‘Leonelli and Masciarelli’s book offers an original perspective on the role of personality traits of entrepreneurs and its impact on firms’ outcomes. Its focus on entrepreneurial orientation and innovativeness, serial entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial funding renders it a useful guide for scholars interested in the topic.’
– Andrea Prencipe, LUISS Guido Carli University, Italy

‘This book is a delightful guide for entrepreneurs who want to understand how and why their behavior impacts their performance. The manuscript offers a multilevel perspective and will be useful for both scholars and practitioners in the field.’
– Vangelis Souitaris, City, University of London, UK and University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
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Contents: 1. Introduction to Entrepreneur Narcissism 2. Understanding entrepreneurial personality 3. Narcissism and entrepreneurial orientation (EO) in small businesses 4. Exploring the relationship between entrepreneurial personality and small business innovation 5. Entrepreneurial personality and small business financing 6. Entrepreneur personality and the choice of seriality 7. The role of entrepreneurial personality: implications and conclusions Index

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