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Sustainability 2017, 9(9), 1649; doi:10.3390/su9091649

The Sustainable Personality in Entrepreneurship: The Relationship between Big Six Personality, Entrepreneurial Self-Efficacy, and Entrepreneurial Intention in the Chinese Context

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Scientific Laboratory of Economic Behaviors, School of Economics & Management, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510006, China
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Center for Language Technology, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405, USA
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Lingnan College, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510275, China
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School of Information Technology in Education, South China Normal University, Guangdong 510631, China
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Received: 30 July 2017 / Revised: 9 September 2017 / Accepted: 13 September 2017 / Published: 17 September 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Entrepreneurial Sustainability: New Innovative Knowledge)
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Abstract

This study examined the relationships between Big Six personality and entrepreneurial intention, inclusive of the mediating role of entrepreneurial self-efficacy in the Chinese context. Survey data from 280 college students reveal that Emotional Stability, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, and Interpersonal Relationship were positively associated with entrepreneurial intention. Agreeableness and Openness, however, had no effect on entrepreneurial intention in this study. Mediation analysis further indicated that Emotional Stability, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, and Interpersonal Relationship affected entrepreneurial self-efficacy, thus playing an indirect impact on entrepreneurial intention. In contrast, Agreeableness and Openness had no mediating role in the present study. These findings validate the bridge mechanism of entrepreneurial self-efficacy underlying the relationships between Big Six personality and entrepreneurial intention. These results highlight the direct role of sustainable personality as a predictor of entrepreneurial intention, especially as we note the decisive effect of the Interpersonal Relationship dimension in the Chinese context for the first time. View Full-Text
Keywords: Big Six personality; entrepreneurial self-efficacy; entrepreneurial intention; Chinese context Big Six personality; entrepreneurial self-efficacy; entrepreneurial intention; Chinese context
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Mei, H.; Ma, Z.; Jiao, S.; Chen, X.; Lv, X.; Zhan, Z. The Sustainable Personality in Entrepreneurship: The Relationship between Big Six Personality, Entrepreneurial Self-Efficacy, and Entrepreneurial Intention in the Chinese Context. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1649.

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