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INTS 4015 Entrepreneur Profile Literature Review Assignment

Part 1: Entrepreneur Profile Literature Review and Annotated Bibliography Assignment

Purpose

The purpose of Part 1 of this assignment is to conduct research to develop a strong understanding of the attributes, traits, influences (psychological, social, economic etc), personal characteristics and circumstances and other factors that affect the entrepreneurial mindset. You will be required to research a variety of sources and will use this information in Part 2: Entrepreneurial Profile and Analysis assignment. In Part 2, you will be interviewing or researching an entrepreneur and determining whether the entrepreneur has the characteristics and influences found in the research. You can refer to Part 2 of this assignment to learn about the requirements for that part. The goal is to apply the concepts learned in this course and from your research by demonstrating your understanding of the entrepreneurial mindset as well as the personal characteristics and other circumstances associated with entrepreneurial success.

Assignment

Research Questions:

  1. Who becomes an entrepreneur?
  2. What are the personal characteristics and traits of an entrepreneur?
  3. What are the various influences (psychological, social, economic, political etc.) on entrepreneurial behaviour or predictors of entrepreneurial behaviour?
  4. What is an entrepreneurial mindset and how does it happen?

Factors that Affect the Entrepreneurial Mindset

The first part of the assignment will focus on collecting research about what factors contribute to the entrepreneurial mindset. Throughout the course we have looked at several of these factors and below is a list of possible influences. After completing the research, you should have a good summary of these factors. You can research any or all of these factors, or find additional factors throughout your research. You should have at least 8 different factors from various peer-reviewed sources.

Possible Factors:

  • Attributes and traits (i.e. perseverance,  Cultural Influences propensity for risk, internal locus of control etc)  Economic Influences
  • Characteristics  Political Influences
  • Mindset  Personal Circumstances
  • Psychological influences  Role of creativity
  • Social Influences  Other factors
  • Historical Influences

Sources:

You are required to use information from a variety of sources such as the courseware pack, online resources, library database and additional readings on Blackboard. You should have at least 8 sources and at least 4 of them should come from outside, scholarly, peer-reviewed sources (e.g. Library database). The goal of this research is to discover the factors that influence or affect the entrepreneurial mindset or predict entrepreneurial activity and behaviours.

Requirements:

  1. Include research on at least 8 factors that contribute to the entrepreneurial mindset or entrepreneurial activity.
  2. Include at least 8 sources (from a variety of resources) that explain factors that contribute to the entrepreneurial mindset, behaviours and/or activity.
  3. Present your findings in an annotated bibliography type format. A description of an annotated bibliography is included below.
  4. Include an APA formatted document.
  5. Submit your assignment by clicking the “Part 1: Entrepreneurial Profile Literature Review” link in the Assignments section on Blackboard
  6. Keep your information to complete Part 2 of this assignment
  7. Refer to the grading criteria below

Annotated Bibliography

An annotated bibliography is a list of citations to books, articles, and other resources. For this assignment, you can use the articles from the courseware pack but you must also use other sources. At least 4 of them should come from outside sources. Each citation is followed by a brief descriptive and evaluative paragraph. The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the relevance of the sources cited. Annotations are usually about 100-150 words. The annotation should be both descriptive and critical.

You are required to find 8 sources that include at least 4 scholarly, peer-reviewed sources for your annotated bibliography. The annotated bibliography is an alphabetical listing of your sources with a proper APA citation but below each citation you will also include a summary paragraph that describes the factor or factors (attributes, characteristics, influences etc.) that contribute to the entrepreneurial mindset or activity described in that source. It will resemble a reference page with the additional summary below each citation.

The summary (or annotation) briefly restates the main argument of a source. An annotation typically identifies its thesis or research question and hypothesis, its major methods of investigation, and its main conclusions. Keep in mind that identifying the argument and findings of a source is a different task than describing or listing its contents.

Evaluation

Grading/Criteria

5

3-4

2-3

0-1

Sources

Includes a good variety of more than 8 sources. Sources are scholarly and peer-reviewed. Includes greater than 4 outside sources in addition to the courseware pack and Blackboard readings.

Includes a variety of at least 8 sources. Sources are scholarly and peerreviewed. Includes at least 4 outside sources in addition to the courseware pack and Blackboard readings.

Includes fewer than 8 sources. Not all sources are scholarly or peer-reviewed. Includes fewer than 4 outside sources.

Minimal sources included from and are not scholarly sources. Little or no outside sources included.

Factors

More than 8 factors are identified and researched.

At least 8 factors are identified and researched.

Fewer than 8 factors are identified and researched.

Minimal number of factors are identified and researched.

Variety of

Factors

Includes an excellent variety of traits, characteristics, influences and other factors. Factors are relevant and demonstrates superior understanding of the material.

Includes a good variety of traits, characteristics, influences and other factors. Factors are relevant and demonstrates good understanding of the material.

Includes a variety of traits, characteristics, influences and other factors. Factors are may not be relevant or student does not demonstrate adequate understanding of the material.

Includes few traits, characteristics, influences and other factors. Factors are not relevant or student demonstrates minimal or no understanding of the material.

Summary

/Annotation

Superior summary and annotations that include the hypothesis, research questions, findings and conclusions.

Well summarized annotations that include the hypothesis, research questions, findings and conclusions.

Summary and annotations that may not include the hypothesis, research questions, findings or conclusions.

Little or no summary provided. Summary does not include relevant information.

Summary of research

Clear, relevant information that shows significant and superior insight about the research. Demonstrates excellent understanding of material.

Clear, relevant information that shows insight about the research. Demonstrates good understanding of material.

Shows some insight, about the research demonstrates minimal understanding of the material.

Shows little or no insight, about the research demonstrates little or no understanding of the material.

Language and Accuracy

Well-written and free from errors.

Some deviation from degree-level writing with minor spelling and/or grammatical errors.

Some deviation from degree-level writing with several spelling and/or grammatical errors.

Little or no resemblance to degree-level writing.

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