Title: Intrinsic entrepreneurial motivation factors: gender differences

Authors: Paul P. Daulerio Jr.

Addresses: Lubin School of Business, Pace University, 33 November Trail, Weston, CT, 06883, USA

Abstract: In the last two decades the growth in female-owned entrepreneurial ventures has accelerated dramatically. Despite this, there is sparse research regarding gender differences in key intrinsic entrepreneurial motivation factors. This paper adds to the extant literature regarding this topic in the context of the post-2007/2008 US economic recession. I examine each of the three most often cited intrinsic entrepreneurial motivation factors, i.e.: 1) challenge and achievement focus; 2) acceptance, appreciation, and self-esteem; 3) self-fulfilment and creative outlet. My findings suggest that these key intrinsic entrepreneurial motivation factors are stronger for female entrepreneurs than male entrepreneurs.

Keywords: entrepreneurial motivation factors; female entrepreneurs; entrepreneurial venture importance; intrinsic motivation factors; challenge; achievement; acceptance; appreciation; self-esteem; self-fulfilment; creative outlet; US recession; male entrepreneurs; small business job creation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJESB.2018.092751

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 2018 Vol.34 No.3, pp.362 - 380

Received: 09 Feb 2016
Accepted: 10 Oct 2016

Published online: 22 Jun 2018 *

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