This study examines the lived experiences of entrepreneurs in the start-up phase of their business, to learn what it is like to be an entrepreneur and to gain insight on contributing factors to entrepreneurship. Eighteen entrepreneurs over the age of 25 answered the research question: What is the lived experience of entrepreneurs, including the effect of personal background, values, beliefs, and leadership, as they transition from start-up to successful venture? A phenomenological research approach was used. Findings from the study suggest that there is a deep level of meaning that entrepreneurs place on their entrepreneurial pursuits and that entrepreneurs are shaped by various internal and external forces.
|Subjects||Management; Occupational psychology; Individual & family studies; Organizational behavior|
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