SELF EMPLOYED AND EMPLOYED GRADUATES: DO THEY HAVE DIFFERENCES IN THEIR PERSONALITY PROFILES?

Abstract

Entrepreneurial behavioural traits contribute to entrepreneurial success in establishing and running businesses. This paper strives to address behavioural preferences exhibited by graduates from the Raymond Ackerman Academy of Entrepreneurial Development. Moreover, it tries to assess behavioural differences and preferences exhibited by graduates who are self employed and those who choose to be employed.

The paper has deployed the personality profile theory to show behavioural difference and preference exhibited by graduates who are self employed and those who choose to be employed. Mixed method research design has been applied for data collection and analysis.

The findings show that the graduates from the academy tended to be low on dominance and high on influence, steadiness and compliance. The results for influence and compliance were statistically significant to postulate that the majority of graduates from the academy are high in the influence and compliance traits.

Keywords: Employed and Self Employed, Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurship

Unique Article ID: GJHRM-123

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