Per Davidsson

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In this paper an economic-psychological model of factors that influence individuals’ intentions to go into business for themselves is developed and tested. According to this model the primary determinant of entrepreneurial intention is a person’s conviction that starting and running one’s own firm is a suitable alternative for him/her. This conviction is in(More)
Drawing on Bem’s psychological theory of self-perception, this paper presents and tests a model that examines the impact of business accomplishments and gender on entrepreneurial self-image and explores the definition of entrepreneurship according to Vesper’s Entrepreneurial Typology. Regression techniques are used to identify those business accomplishments(More)
The process by which firm founders create new organizations is of considerable interest to evolutionary theorists and entrepreneurship researchers. In this paper we track the life histories of 225 new ventures initiated in the first nine months of 1998 by a random sample of Swedish firm founders. We explore the effect of the choice and order of firm(More)
The central thesis in the paper is that the venture creation process is different for innovative vs. imitative ventures. This holds up: the pace of the process differs by type of venture as do, in line with theory-based hypotheses, the effects of certain human and capital predictors. Importantly, and somewhat unexpectedly, the theoretically derived models(More)