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What Motivates Scientists in Emerging Economies to Become Entrepreneurs? Evidence from Vietnam

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Institute for Sustainable Development, National Economics University, Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
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Institute for Scientific Information, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
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Jake Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717, USA
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Faculty of Planning and Development National Economics University, Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
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Sustainability 2020, 12(3), 1196; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12031196
Received: 21 January 2020 / Revised: 1 February 2020 / Accepted: 4 February 2020 / Published: 7 February 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Economic and Business Aspects of Sustainability)
Studies of scientist entrepreneurship have recognized a diverse range of proself motivations but have largely ignored the role of prosocial motivation. As technology inventions often bring in high positive externality, we argue that prosocial motivation is important for scientist entrepreneurship and sustainable development. Drawing from motivated information processing theory we develop a model linking proself and prosocial motivation with scientist entrepreneurship. The hypotheses were tested based on survey data from a sample of Vietnamese scientists. The results show that both proself and prosocial motivation are positively associated with scientist entrepreneurship. However, the positive association between prosocial motivation and scientist entrepreneurship is lessened by proself motivation. This study calls for more attention to prosocial motivation in theory and policy development on scientist entrepreneurship. View Full-Text
Keywords: scientist entrepreneurship; prosocial motivation; emerging economies; Vietnam scientist entrepreneurship; prosocial motivation; emerging economies; Vietnam
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Nguyen, T.; Nguyen, L.; Bryant, S.; Nguyen, H. What Motivates Scientists in Emerging Economies to Become Entrepreneurs? Evidence from Vietnam. Sustainability 2020, 12, 1196.

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