June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation
26.575.1 - 26.575.13
Effect of Comfort Zone on Entrepreneurship Potential, Innovation Culture, and Career Satisfaction Abstract:In this paper, we show preliminary relationships between a person’s comfort, zone asmeasured on a newly developed CZone Scale, has significant correlation with theirpotential as an entrepreneur or innovator. “Comfort Zone” is a behavioral state withinwhich a person operates in an anxiety-neutral condition, using a limited set of behaviorsto deliver a steady level of performance, usually without a sense of risk (White 2009).Our preliminary data (based on the order of approximately 1000 samples) shows that thepotential of an entrepreneur or innovator is much more strongly correlated with highertolerance for ambiguity than it is with field of study. We also find that this criticalindicator of entrepreneurial potential is linked with ability to learn and growprofessionally, and that comfort with ambiguity is even an indicator of a person’sperception of overall career satisfaction and personal happiness. We also find twoparticularly interesting characteristics; 1) that comfort with ambiguity in professionaldecisions does not have to be the same as comfort with ambiguity in personal situations,and 2) that a person’s comfort with ambiguity can change in both directions over thecourse of a person’s life and career, and in fact entrepreneur tend to increase theircomfort with ambiguity over their career, which is not true of non-entrepreneurs.Our preliminary findings have implications on how entrepreneurship is taught, on how totest for entrepreneurial and innovation potential, and even what types of individual-levelbehaviors are most critical to increase the innovation culture of an organization. Ourstudy supports a position that not only can students and employees be screened for thesefundamental characteristics, but also that this ability can even be developed, grown, andreinforced. This study further reinforces a hypothesis that that seminal entrepreneurshipand innovation skills can actually be learned.
Sidhu, I., & Deletraz, P. (2015, June), Effect of Comfort Zone on Entrepreneurship Potential, Innovation Culture, and Career Satisfaction Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23913
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