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Important characteristics of an entrepreneur in relation to risk taking: Czech Republic case study

Vol. 10, No 3, 2017

Important characteristics of an entrepreneur in relation to risk taking: Czech Republic case study

 

Ludmila Kozubíková

 

Tomas Bata University in Zlín,

Czech Republic

Email: kozubikova@fame.utb.cz

 

 

Important characteristics of an entrepreneur in relation to risk taking: Czech Republic case study

 

Ján Dvorský

 

Tomas Bata University in Zlín

Czech Republic

Email: j1dvorsky@fame.utb.cz


Martin Cepel

 

LIGS University LLC,

Honolulu, Hawaii,

USA

Email: cepel@benzinol.com


Adam P. Balcerzak

 

Nicolaus Copernicus University,

Toruń, Poland,

Email: adam.balcerzak@umk.pl

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abstract. New businesses arising at the market usually operate in the sector of small and medium-sized enterprises and account for a significant part of the whole global economy. Not only the success of a start-up company, but also its sequel within the SME sector are significantly influenced by entrepreneur's personality. The aim of this article is to explore the attitude to financial risk in relation to sociodemographic characteristics (gender, education, age) and the most important personality traits of entrepreneurs (risk-taking, decisiveness, optimism). We have analyzed the data collected from 1141 respondents during 2015 in 14 regions of Czech Republic. Empirical results of our paper show that the researched entrepreneurs rather can't manage financial risks in their firms regardless their gender, education, age or personality traits. Most entrepreneurs consider the importance of financial risk to increase during the crisis period. These opinions differed in relation to age, gender and such personality traits as "decisiveness" and "optimism". The results also show that the entrepreneurs try to minimise the financial risk through building-up reserves in relation to such qualities as "risk-taking" and "decisiveness" in comparison to a rather negative attitude to "optimism".

 

Received: June, 2016

1st Revision: August, 2017

Accepted: September, 2017

 

DOI: 10.14254/2071-8330.2017/10-3/16

 

JEL ClassificationL26

Keywordsentrepreneur´s personality, personality traits, risk-taking, motives for entrepreneurship, Czech Republic