“Entrepreneur as a Person at Crossroads”: A Reflection on Kets de Vries (1977)

  • Grace Chun Guo


This chapter provides a reflection on Kets de Vries (J Manag Stud, 14(1):34–57, 1977). Kets de Vries’s article (J Manag Stud, 14(1):34–57, 1977) is considered a core article in early entrepreneurship literature because it is among the first to propose a synthesized view of entrepreneurial personality traits with a focus on interactions between individuals and environments. Kets de Vries (J Manag Stud, 14(1):34–57, 1977) discussed personality traits common across entrepreneurial types and investigated the impact of social and economic forces on the formation of entrepreneurship personality traits. Kets de Vries (J Manag Stud, 14(1):34–57, 1977) also warned of the potential danger and downside of entrepreneurial personality traits. This chapter also reviews later studies done on entrepreneurial personality traits that adopted a synthesized view and discusses the current themes in recent studies and directions for future research.


Entrepreneurial contexts Entrepreneurial outcomes Entrepreneurial personality traits Entrepreneurial processes Individual characteristics 


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  • Grace Chun Guo
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  1. 1.Sacred Heart UniversityFairfieldUSA

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