Electronic Theses and Dissertations



Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


Business Administration

Committee Chair

Frances Fabian

Committee Member

Joshua Coyne

Committee Member

Vance Gough

Committee Member

Robert Wiggins


While entrepreneurship has gained in prevalence among universities in recent years (Singer, 2015), many individuals stay out of the arena due to beliefs of their match to necessary entrepreneurial behaviors, as well as lack of outside acceptance as an entrepreneur. The popular view on which behaviors are required for success in entrepreneurship, however, may be incomplete and even misleading. To address this concern, I introduced the new construct of entrepreneurial process orientation (EPO) and studied how this construct, while it possesses the potential to encompass several facets of personality, could be initially explored using variables from the Panel Study of Entrepreneurial Dynamics. Evidence supported that by ensuring proper fit between EPO and founding behaviors undertaken in venture formation, a firm could increase their odds of earning profit within an extraordinarily rare 12-month timeframe.


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Library Comment

Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to ProQuest