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Locus of control and entrepreneurship in the Russian Republic

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Dianne H.B. Welsh, Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship (Creator)
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The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Since Rotter (1954) first introduced his theory of social learning, there has developed an extensive body of research surrounding the central construct of locus of control. Perceived internal locus of control is defined as the personal belief that one has influence over outcomes through ability, effort, or skills; whereas external locus of control is the belief that external forces control outcomes. Some of that research has linked a belief in the internal control over the events in one's life to an individual's propensity to engage in entrepreneurial activity (e.g., Berlew 1975; Shapero 1975; Rupke 1978; Brockhaus 1982; Gartner 1985; Perry 1990; Shaver and Scott 1991). The initially posited unidimensionality of the locus of control construct (i.e., internal vs external control) has been questioned repeatedly, giving rise to more elaborate conceptualizations (Lefcourt 1981). While the internal anchor of the I-E scale has remained relatively intact, the external orientation has been split theoretically into the two (arguably) discrete dimensions of Chance and Powerful Others (Levenson 1974).

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Publication
Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 20(1), 43-56
Language: English
Date: 1995
Keywords
Locus of Control,