Title

Are the Common Myths of Entrepreneurship All That Common? A Test of Entrepreneurs and Non-Entrepreneurs

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2000

Abstract

It has been suggested that there is general misunderstanding in the business and academic communities as to the definition, form, and substance of entrepreneurship. Common myths of entrepreneurship have been advanced such as "Entrepreneurship involves starting and running a small business" and "Entrepreneurship requires a lot of money." A sample of 163 subjects revealed overall disagreement with the stated myths. Evidence supported a hypothesized divergence of opinion about entrepreneurship myths between entrepreneurs and non-entrepreneurs, but there was no difference of opinion between less successful and more successful entrepreneurs. Implications of the findings are discussed.

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