Perseverance strategies for enterprising individuals

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The purpose of this paper is to arrive at a conceptual understanding of perseverance processes in the context of enterprising behavior and to outline readily employable perseverance strategies for situations characterized by obstacles, challenges and setbacks. This paper presents a process model of perseverance, drawing on elements of control theory and appraisal theory. From this model, a variety of perseverance strategies within four broad categories is derived: strategies that affect adversity itself; strategies that change the way adversity is perceived; strategies that reframe the aim that adversity has made difficult to attain; and strategies that help to increase self-regulatory strength. James Dyson's biography provides examples for the strategies. The paper discusses a broad variety of strategies to help individuals persevere in reaching their enterprising goals. Although it is a widely held perception that perseverance is needed to successfully start and run a venture, the perseverance process and perseverance strategies have received little research attention. © 2012, Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)630-648
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research
Volume18
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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In: International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research, Vol. 18, No. 6, 2012, p. 630-648.

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