Abstract

One frequently studied dimension of entrepreneurship research is the motivation of entrepreneurs, i.e., what motivates individuals to engage in entrepreneurship (Yalcin & Kapu, 2008). A number of factors have been found to motivate entrepreneurs including factors internal and external to the entrepreneur (e.g., Delmar & Wiklund, 2008; Hornsby & Nafziger, 1997; Kuratko et al., 2007; Robichaud, McGraw, & Roger, 2001). In addition to the factors that motivate entrepreneurs, another frequently studied dimension of entrepreneurship research is the problems faced by entrepreneurs (Chu, Benzing, & McGee, 2007). While many of the motivations of and problems faced by entrepreneurs are common across countries and regions, there are some differences (e.g., McMullen, Bagby, & Palich, 2008), which may be related to the political and economic factors of the country (Yalcin & Kapu, 2008).

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