How do entrepreneurial intentions translate into actions? This question has inspired our researchers to draw from psychological approaches and theories that explain human behaviour in the pursuit of gaining a more comprehensive understanding of the individual-level factors that promote and hinder entrepreneurship.
In this area, our work has included quantitative and longitudinal studies that explain the formation of entrepreneurial intentions and how they would ultimately translate into entrepreneurial behaviour. We find that attitude, perceived behavioural control and subjective norms are significant predictors of entrepreneurial intention, and in turn, intention and perceived behavioural control are significant predictors of subsequent behaviour. The gap between intentions and action can result from fear, doubt, and aversion.
- van Gelderen, M., Kautonen, T., Wincent, J., & Biniari, M. 2017. Implementation intentions in the entrepreneurial process: Concept, empirical findings, and research agenda. Small Business Economics, 1-19.
- Kautonen, T., van Gelderen, M., & Fink, M. 2015. Robustness of the theory of planned behavior in predicting entrepreneurial intentions and actions. Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, 39(3), 655-674.
- van Gelderen, M., Kautonen, T., & Fink, M. 2015. From entrepreneurial intentions to actions: Self-control and action-related doubt, fear, and aversion. Journal of Business Venturing, 30(5), 655-673.
- Kautonen, T., van Gelderen, M. & Tornikoski, E.T. 2013. Predicting entrepreneurial behaviour: A test of the theory of planned behaviour. Applied Economics, 45(6), 697-707.