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Journal for International Business and Entrepreneurship Development
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Entrepreneurial mindset as predictor of start-up desire: consideration of social cause interest by Rob Kim Marjerison, Yinan Lin, Rongjuan Chen Abstract: Theoretical models in the field of entrepreneurship study indicate that personal entrepreneurial desire is a strong factor in predicting future business behaviour, but there is little in the existing research about entrepreneurial mindset as a predictor of actual activity. With the emerging concept of social entrepreneurship in China, this paper aims to examine the relationship between entrepreneurial mindset, individual intention to start an enterprise, the likelihood of actually starting a business and personal interest in social causes. Based on the results of an online survey with 590 respondents, the role of entrepreneurial mindset as predictor is analysed using correlation, linear regression and multiple regression analysis. The findings of this research contribute to the future development of societal entrepreneurial programs, and to the role and assessment of the entrepreneurial mindset of potential social entrepreneurs. The study also provides insight into the perspective of the individual towards the concept of social responsibility. Keywords: social entrepreneurship; entrepreneurial mindset; entrepreneurial desire; likelihood of starting a business; new venture; social causes; China. DOI: 10.1504/JIBED.2021.10034391
Multi-dimensional aspects of risk-taking in entrepreneurs: a global study by Shilpi Sharma Abstract: This paper presents in-depth analyses of five distinct risk dimensions, in relation to age, gender, country of origin and entrepreneur in family. A unique aspect of this study is the repeated analyses for the same hypotheses, using data from three independent rounds of data collection. This design allowed to identify inconsistencies in any data trends. Individuals who had an active enterprise had significantly higher scores for risk-taking propensity and profit-contingent risks, than aspiring and non-entrepreneur groups, across all three rounds of data collection. On the other hand, entrepreneurs did not have significantly different scores for risk aversion than the other two groups. A series of linear regression analyses indicated that younger males, from a developing country, and who had an entrepreneur in the family, had significantly higher risk-taking propensities. Inconsistencies in results for risk-enjoyment and creative risk dimensions may be better understood through a qualitative, longitudinal research. Keywords: entrepreneurs; risk-taking; multi-dimensional risk-taking; risk taking in entrepreneurs; global research in entrepreneurship; personality research; risk-taking research in entrepreneurs; personality of entrepreneur; effect of age on entrepreneur risk-taking; effect of gender on entrepreneur risk-taking. DOI: 10.1504/JIBED.2021.10034397
The relationship between managers’ emotional intelligence and employees’ performance by Demetris Vrontis, Hani El Chaarani, Sam El Nemar, Hanan Dib Abstract: Emotional intelligence has become an important factor in the healthcare sector to gain a competitive advantage over competitors in a dynamic environment focusing on stakeholders’ satisfaction. The Lebanese healthcare sector is a sensitive workplace environment that deals with patients and patients’ families, suppliers, colleagues and management. This study focuses on the relationship between managers’ emotional intelligence and employees’ performance, with an emphasis on managers’ motivation, empathy, self-awareness, self-regulation, and social skills. This research reveals the impact of emotional intelligence components on the performance of employees. Based on the data of 188 employees and 30 managers in the healthcare sector in Lebanon, the results reveal a positive and significant impact of managers’ emotional intelligence on employees’ performance. The results of this study indicate that managers who have high levels of social skills, empathy, management of emotions, and self-motivation have a positive impact on their employees’ performance in the healthcare sector. Keywords: Social/Emotional Leadership, Performance Management, HR Leadership, Performance Appraisal, Motivation and Emotion, Hospital Administration
CORPORATE BANKRUPTCY DURING ECONOMIC CRISIS: A FINANCIAL ANALYSIS OF THE GREEK CONSTRUCTION SECTOR by Spyros Repousis, Petros Lois, Alkis Thrassou, Savvas Mengios Abstract: This research analyses financial data from published statements on the performance of the four largest companies operating in the Greek construction sector and uses Altman Z-score to predict corporate bankruptcy. Findings show that companies’ financial position were substantially adversely affected by the recession in Greek economy and that companies were in an unsafe position or directly at risk of bankruptcy over the mid-late 2010s. Secondary data analysis showed that in the latter part of the decade (2018+) the Greek construction industry recovered, driven by positive developments in economic conditions, which led to a revival in both investor and consumer confidence. The country's construction industry registered growth of 7.9% in 2018, in real terms, which was up from 0.4% in 2017. The research’s prediction is that the government plans to invest €2.8 billion in transport networks during the period of 2019-2027 will effectively boost the construction sector. Keywords: construction sector; bankruptcy; financial analysis; Altman Z-score; Greece.