Title: Technopreneurial competence and its relationship with social and environmental factors: an empirical study

Authors: Rohit H. Trivedi, B.K. Oza, Jignasa R. Savalia

Addresses: V.M. Patel Institute of Management, Ganpat University, Kherva – 382 711, Gujarat, India. ' Department of Commerce, Bhavnagar University, Bhavnagar – 364 001, Gujarat, India. ' V.M. Patel College of Management Studies, Ganpat University, Kherva – 382 711, Gujarat, India

Abstract: In this work, we find a synergy between two highly acclaimed approaches of entrepreneurship theory, i.e., population ecology approach and strategic choice approach, and thus its focus is on |situation-person context| of the entrepreneurial process. With the help of empirical research on a sample ICT technopreneur of India, the relationship between various |social and environmental factors| as perceived by the technopreneur to their |technopreneurial competence| measured with the help of a self rating questionnaire (SRQ) propounded by McClelland (1973) have been explored. The findings suggest that there is a statistically significant difference between perceptions of technopreneurs towards the role of a few of the social factors, as their level of technopreneurial competence differs. However, the same do not show any significant difference towards the role of external environmental factors such as technological factors, political factors and so on. This paper with unique |situation-person context| dimension will provide key insights for entrepreneurship educator to deal with these factors, especially while dealing with the emerging technopreneur.

Keywords: technopreneurs; technopreneurial competence; social factors; external environmental factors; ICT; India; technopreneurial background; population ecology approach; strategic choice approach; business environment; India; technopreneurship; technoentrepreneurship; entrepreneurship education.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBE.2010.031274

International Journal of Business Environment, 2010 Vol.3 No.1, pp.74 - 94

Published online: 27 Jan 2010 *

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