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The Geography of Entrepreneurial Psychology

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The Geography of Entrepreneurial Psychology

9781788973373 Edward Elgar Publishing
Martin Obschonka, Professor in Entrepreneurship, Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research, Queensland University of Technology, Australia, Michael Fritsch, Professor of Economics, School of Economics and Business Administration, Friedrich Schiller University Jena and Michael Stuetzer, Professor of Economics and Quantitative Methods, Cooperative State University Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany
Publication Date: June 2021 ISBN: 978 1 78897 337 3 Extent: 192 pp
Psychological characteristics are significant for various stages of the entrepreneurial process on both individual and group levels. Looking into the ‘psychological context’ in entrepreneurship, Martin Obschonka reviews and defines the field, exploring the role of regional and country-level entrepreneurial personality and new trends in the geography of entrepreneurial psychology influenced by technological advances.

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The Geography of Entrepreneurial Psychology summarizes existing research and relevant insights from psychology, economics, management, sociology and geography to provide an overview to a new and innovative interdisciplinary field, answering the critical question ‘what is a vibrant startup culture?’
 
Mapping recent empirical advances and analysing regional differences in macro-psychological factors associated with entrepreneurship, the book discusses the role of historical trajectories of regional differences, considering their significance to contemporary entrepreneurial and geographical psychology. Chapters turn to established psychological theories, such as McClelland’s Human Motivation Theory and the Big Five personality traits, to measure entrepreneurship culture and its persistence between regions and cities, delivering key implications for practice, education and policy in entrepreneurship.
 
Setting a crucial agenda for future research, this cutting-edge book is vital reading for students and researchers of entrepreneurship cultures, particularly those focusing on regional differences. Psychologists and geographers will also benefit from this book’s multidisciplinary insights into spatial aspects of entrepreneurial psychology.
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‘Places with vivid start-up and entrepreneurial cultures are more likely to thrive. Yet we know little about what makes a place prone or averse to entrepreneurship. Obschonka, Fritsch and Stuetzer address this issue, in an exciting and thought-provoking way, by delving into the psychology of places. A must read for those interested in this last frontier of entrepreneurial research.’
– Andrés Rodríguez-Pose, London School of Economics, UK

‘Entrepreneurship is not random. The decision to become an entrepreneur is shaped by someone’s social and physical environment, the way he or she grew up, and personality characteristics rooted in someone’s genetic make-up. This excellent book puts all of this together in a state-of-the-art analysis of the geography of entrepreneurial psychology.’
– Sjoerd Beugelsdijk, University of Groningen, the Netherlands

‘This pathbreaking new book cracks what may prove to be the final frontier linking entrepreneurship to regional economic performance – the role of culture. By using a personality-based approach, this book is able not only to identify the cultural profile of regions but also analyze its impact on entrepreneurship and ultimately why economic performance varies across geographic space. Both scholars and thought leaders in policy and business wanting to understand why some places are more entrepreneurial and do better than others are well advised to start with this book.’
– David B. Audretsch, Indiana University, US
Contents
Contents: 1. Entrepreneurship and psychology in geographic context: introduction 2. Micro-level psychology of entrepreneurship 3. Geographic variation of psychological factors associated with entrepreneurship 4. Persistence of regional entrepreneurship 5. Historical roots 6. Implications for practice, education and policy 7. Agenda for future research 8. Summary and outlook References Index

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