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Personality Traits of Entrepreneurs – a Neuroscientific Approach

  • The purpose of the study is to identify the profile of a start-up founder. In particular, it investigates whether there are some determined personality characteristics which are common among start-up founders. The present paper is questioning which neuropsychological traits and brain areas are responsible for entrepreneurial behavior. Therefore, the main focus was on the correlation between brain areas and individual attitudes or behaviors. After explaining the related basics about the human brain, it is important to locate some key tasks or activities in specific brain regions. Neuroimaging tools such as fMRI and EEG are particularly helpful to explain the reason for specific behaviors because they determine the presence of connection between cognitive processes and brain areas. In the present paper, EEG will be taken into consideration since this method can provide some practical insight into differences between entrepreneurs and non-entrepreneurs. The most important characteristics of entrepreneurs are defined in order to show theoretically whether there is a fundamental difference between entrepreneurs and non-entrepreneurs on a neuropsychological level. Even though there are elements which are emphasized in the personality of start-up founders, further research is required to prove that these aspects determine indisputably entrepreneurial behavior.

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Author:Alice Milano, Julia Kimmelmann, Madeleine Mussgnug, Mayra Solis Espinoza, Melissa Waidelich
Advisor:Eva Kirner
Document Type:Report
Year of Completion:2021
Release Date:2021/07/26
Tag:EEG; Entrepreneurial characteristics; Neuro-entrepreneurship; Opportunity identification; Start-up founder
Page Number:62
Degree Program:IMM - International Management
Open-Access-Status: Open Access 
Licence (German):License LogoUrheberrechtlich geschützt