Research has demonstrated that mentors can help novice entrepreneurs in the identification of business opportunities (Ozgen & Baron, 2007). However, the process by which mentoring enables a mentee to identify new opportunities is not well understood. This is the purpose of this research. One of the major benefits of a mentoring relationship is the learning that ensues from discussions with the mentor (Wanberg, Welsh, & Hezlett, 2003). Therefore, the knowledge that is acquired through a mentoring relationship could stimulate the novice entrepreneur’s ability to recognize new opportunities. At the same time, learning goal orientation (LGO) is a fairly stable psychological disposition that individuals bring to their relationship with others. LGO stimulates behavior and influences the interpretation of, and reaction to, certain outcomes (Dweck, 1986).
St-Jean, Etienne and Tremblay, Maripier
"OPPORTUNITY RECOGNITION WITH A MENTOR: THE ROLE OF THE ENTREPRENEUR'S LEARNING GOAL ORIENTATION (SUMMARY),"
Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research: Vol. 31
, Article 13.
Available at: http://digitalknowledge.babson.edu/fer/vol31/iss6/13