Advancing the psychology of entrepreneurship:a review of the psychological literature and an introduction


This article provides a narrative review of psychology of entrepreneurship research published in leading psychology journals, based on which we develop an organising framework for future psychological contributions to this field. Furthermore, we introduce the manuscripts collected in this special issue. Our review identified five research areas, broadly corresponding with basic psychological domains, namely personal differences; careers; health and well-being; cognition and behaviour; and leadership; as well as three cross-cutting themes: gender issues; genetic and biological foundations; and context. With the aim to stimulate integration across different approaches and disciplines, we propose a framework to understand how psychologists can offer innovative contributions to the multi-disciplinary entrepreneurship literature. This includes a focus on the entrepreneur embedded in and in interaction with his or her immediate and wider context; attention to different types of entrepreneurs; and a focus on dynamic within-person processes evolving over time.

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Economics, Finance & Entrepreneurship
Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Gorgievski, M. J., & Stephan, U. (2016). Advancing the psychology of entrepreneurship: a review of the psychological literature and an introduction. Applied Psychology, 65(3), 437-468, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Uncontrolled Keywords: entrepreneurship,psychology,review,literature review,personality,career,work stress,leadership,opportunity entrepreneurship,Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management,Business and International Management,Applied Psychology
Publication ISSN: 1464-0597
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2024 07:20
Date Deposited: 19 May 2016 09:10
Full Text Link: http://onlineli ... .12073/abstract
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PURE Output Type: Editorial
Published Date: 2016-07
Published Online Date: 2016-06-08
Accepted Date: 2016-04-05
Authors: Gorgievski, Marjan J.
Stephan, Ute (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-4514-6057)



Version: Accepted Version

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