Entrepreneurial Motivations: What Do We Still Need to Know?

Alan Carsrud, Malin Brännback

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This paper attempts to renew interest in a line of research that largely has been ignored for two decades but which is critical to the study of entrepreneurial cognitions, intentions, and their conversion into entrepreneurial behaviors. That area is entrepreneurial motivation. This is not a comprehensive review of all areas of motivation research but rather a challenge a reinvigorate research efforts on an important aspect of the entrepreneurial process that has been examined only at the margins so far. It is an attempt to show how one very important topic, "entrepreneurial motivation," still needs more study if we are to address the question of "have we learned anything at all about entrepreneurs?". © 2011 International Council for Small Business.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-26
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Small Business Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2011
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Entrepreneurship Intentions
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Motivation


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