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Measuring entrepreneurial attitudes inter-culturally: Is it possible?

A. B. Boshoff, C. Hoole
South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences | Vol 1, No 2 | a1878 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajems.v1i2.1878 | © 2019 A. B. Boshoff, C. Hoole | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 19 September 2020 | Published: 30 June 1998

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A. B. Boshoff, Graduate School of Business, University of Pretoria, South Africa
C. Hoole, Graduate School of Business, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Abstract

Non-portability of constructs is seen as a potential problem in international research. Studying attitudes as an approach to understanding entrepreneurs is seen as potentially profitable in order to understand members of this entrepreneurs. The construct validity of the Entrepreneurial Attitude Orientation Scale (as adapted) when used on a South African sample is psychometrically examined by means of Exploratory and Confirmatory Factor Analysis. It is found that the factor structure differs from that established on a North American sample. Portability of constructs embodied in measuring instruments seems to be a significant problem when research is contemplated on an international scale.

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