Reviews and describes the results of some psychological tests whichhave been used with entrepreneurs. The tests have been mainly employedeither to explore the nature of the entrepreneur or to assess socalledsignificant entrepreneurial characteristics. Key problems in thepsychological testing of entrepreneurs relate to varying definitions ofthe entrepreneur, numerous entrepreneurial characteristics, uncertaintyabout the significance of entrepreneurial characteristics, and lack ofrigour in test development. The results of well validated testshighlight many personality characteristics which could be correlatedwith characteristics of small firms and business ownermanagers.However, there have been specific measures of entrepreneurialcharacteristics developed in a search for a sensitive discriminatingmeasure. Unfortunately, many of these tests have been poorly validatedand this fails to supply useful information about the nature ofentrepreneurs. Gives examples to illustrate some problems inpsychological testing and discusses the importance of new approaches.
Journal of Managerial Psychology – Emerald Publishing
Published: Jun 1, 1993
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