Exploring the Future of the Engineer Profession: The Effect of the Entrepreneurial Engineers' Mental Models on Their Opportunity Recognition Capabilities

Arturo Cardenas-Figueroa, Alexis Olmedo-Navarro

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Abstract

This work evaluates the effects of entrepreneurial engineers' mental models on their opportunity recognition (OR) capability. We use mental model proxies such as entrepreneurial experience, knowledge, and education. Through a self-applied survey, we found that entrepreneurial experience, entrepreneurial education (EE), and OR are unidimensional constructs. Both EE and entrepreneurial experience show a significant positive effect on OR. Both the mean of OR and entrepreneurial knowledge (EK) show a significant difference between individuals with or without entrepreneurship experience. EE shows a significant positive effect on EK. Also, age shows a positive effect on EK. We use for the first time in OR literature the semantic perspective of mental model theory to discuss and explain research results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5616-5626
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Transactions on Engineering Management
Volume71
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2024

Keywords

  • Entrepreneurial education
  • entrepreneurial engineer
  • entrepreneurial knowledge
  • mental model
  • opportunity recognition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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