Abstract

Based on the Theory of Planned Behavior, we investigate how early differences in venturing motivation inform the selection to become an intrapreneur for your employer rather than an independent entrepreneur. Using the combined PSED I & II data in a bivariate probit model with sample selection we analyze the effect of four motivational scales on the probability to self-select into nascent venturing and to be selected by an organization into nascent intrapreneurship. Our estimations address possible selection bias in occupational choice. We find that the same motives that make individuals less likely to start any sort of business make them more likely to be attractive candidates for intrapreneurship. We discuss implications for entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, researchers, and policy makers.

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