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oa Journal of Contemporary Management - The influence of psychological competencies on the willingness of employees involved in dirty work to become entrepreneurs

Volume 16 Number 2
  • ISSN : 1815-7440

 

Abstract

Little is known about the influence of psychological competencies (innovation capacity, emotional intelligence and resilience) on the willingness to become entrepreneurs for employees involved in dirty work, classified to be physical (for example, garbage collectors, cleaners, and groundsman), and who are facing stigma because of their occupation. This study investigated the influence of psychological competencies on willingness to become an entrepreneur among a sample of employees involved in dirty work while adding to the debate on factors leading to new venture creation. The study is quantitative in nature and descriptive by design. Primary data was gathered through a self-administered questionnaire and statistical techniques were used for analysis purposes. It was found that emotional intelligence and resilience successfully predicted willingness to become entrepreneurs for employees involved in dirty work. The contribution of innovation capacity to the regression model was found to be insignificant. The understanding that emotional intelligence and resilience are key factors for willingness to become entrepreneurs among stigmatised individuals is critical given that practitioners and researchers can now develop proper educational tools and awareness campaigns around these factors to stimulate entrepreneurial behaviour.

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2019-07-01
2020-02-20

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