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Entrepreneurial Job Characteristics: An Examination of Their Effect on Entrepreneurial Satisfaction1

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The present study examined the effect of four core job characteristics on job satisfaction for entrepreneurs and a comparison group of nonfounding top managers. Significant mean differences were found between the entrepreneurs and nonfounding top managers on job satisfaction and all four job characteristics. Moreover, the results showed similar patterns of significant associations between the job characteristics and job satisfaction for the entrepreneurs and nonfounding top managers. Yet, the regression lines were found to be significantly different. Lastly, the results showed the following job characteristics were significant predictors of entrepreneurial job satisfaction: autonomy, variety, and feedback.

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  • Leon Schjoedt, 2009. "Entrepreneurial Job Characteristics: An Examination of Their Effect on Entrepreneurial Satisfaction1," Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, , vol. 33(3), pages 619-644, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:entthe:v:33:y:2009:i:3:p:619-644
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-6520.2009.00319.x
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