Entrepreneurial role models

An integrated framework from a constructionist perspective

Authored by: Maria Cristina Díaz-García , Janice Byrne

The Routledge Companion to Global Female Entrepreneurship

Print publication date:  May  2017
Online publication date:  September  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138015180
eBook ISBN: 9781315794570
Adobe ISBN: 9781317744924


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Entrepreneurship is widely perceived by national governments as an appropriate vehicle for increasing economic and societal value. As such, attempts are made to nurture and foster individuals’ engagement in entrepreneurship. One way to do so is by the use of role models. Entrepreneurial role models play a vital role in stimulating individuals to ‘elaborate anticipatory scenarios of their own future career and identity’ (Radu and Loué, 2008, p. 445). Thus far, two prominent approaches have been used to explain role modelling: social learning theories and role identification theories (Gibson, 2006).

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