The female entrepreneur: An exploration of mentoring and perceived general self -efficacy

by Baderman, Barbara Ann, Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2009, 183 pages; 3344644

Abstract:

Researchers have suggested that there is a lack of research in regard to the entrepreneur. In addition, the mentoring construct needs to be researched using populations outside of the traditional corporate environment, and that researchers should begin new research enquiries into the cognitive motivations of the entrepreneur. This exploratory research on the female entrepreneur included a survey exploration of 671female entrepreneurs to identify characteristics of the sample, and to ask the question of whether there is a relationship between perceived general self-efficacy—a cognitive construct—and mentoring. Study results revealed a strong relationship between mentoring and perceived general self-efficacy, although the directionality of the relationship is still to be addressed in future studies. This exploration into the female entrepreneur begins to address a lack of empirical research on the subject, and answers the call to action to begin research enquiries into the cognitive motivations of the entrepreneur. Practical application of the study sample allows for professional organizations and institutions that choose to offer mentoring programs to their entrepreneur members an opportunity to examine the constructs of their programs based on empirical knowledge. Most importantly, as an exploratory study, relevant questions for continued expansion of empirical research into a field lacking in empirical research—the field of entrepreneurism—have been identified.

AdviserJohn Klocinski
SchoolCAPELLA UNIVERSITY
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsWomen's studies; Management; Cognitive psychology
Publication Number3344644

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