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The Psychology of Small Business Owners

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Small businesses contribute significantly to the worldwide economy. As a result, research in small business and entrepreneurship have grown enormously in the last few decades. However, the research of psychological aspects among small business owners, entrepreneurs and/or self-employed are limited and a ...

Small businesses contribute significantly to the worldwide economy. As a result, research in small business and entrepreneurship have grown enormously in the last few decades. However, the research of psychological aspects among small business owners, entrepreneurs and/or self-employed are limited and a number of scholars have raised a need for bringing psychology into small business and entrepreneurship research.

The goal of this Research Topic is to provide a forum to discuss new ideas and recent developments in psychology aspects of small business and entrepreneurship, to promote an understanding of psychological antecedents and outcomes of being small business owners. Overall, we wish to gain a more comprehensive understanding of micro, meso and macro factors which intervene or buffer the nature of entrepreneurial career and well-being outcomes.

The proposed Research Topic welcomes manuscripts on areas including but not limited to:
- How best to describe entrepreneurial stress and if these definitions may differ across culture or types of small business owners/self-employed/entrepreneurs
- Small business owners/self-employed/entrepreneurs may have multiple job-roles from accounting to legal to human resources. To what extent do these roles create a conflict/pressure (role ambiguous, role overload) to perform a job?
- What are the behavioral predictors of healthy small business owners/self-employed/entrepreneurs?
- To what extent do educators can provide entrepreneurship education in order to promote healthy small business owners/self-employed/entrepreneurs?
- What are organizational issues within micro and/or small businesses?
- Does digital technology enhance or hindrance small business owners' work-life balance?
- How do small business owners/self-employed/entrepreneurs cope with work-related stress and business uncertainty? Does their coping mechanism differ from regular employees?

Board topics in relation to psychology theories and small business/entrepreneurship context are also welcome, for example:
- Personalities among small business owners/self-employed/entrepreneurs
- Regulatory focus theory and small business success
- Motivations and entrepreneurial career
- Entrepreneurial identities
- Work-life interference
- Leadership in the small business/entrepreneurship context


Keywords: psychological well-being, small business, entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial behaviors, self-employed


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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15 January 2021 Manuscript

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