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An Entrepreneurship Research in Singapore: Basic Psychological Needs and Motivation

Chen Sheng


Felicia Poon

Chen Sheng 1

Felicia Poon 2

  1. Associate Professor & Dean, Business school of Tianshi College, Cui Heng Road 128 Tian Jin, China 1

  2. Head of Program & Policy, Academic Excellence Driven by iNnovatiOn, 14A/18A Jalan Leban Road, Singapore 2

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Pages: 87-98

DOI: 10.18488/journal.62.2019.62.87.98

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Article History:

Received: 12 November, 2018
Revised: 20 December, 2018
Accepted: 25 January, 2019
Published: 18 March, 2019


At the initial stages of starting a company, one who sets up the business and business deals is a start-up entrepreneur. This research focuses on entrepreneurs in start-up companies and explores how certain psychological needs influence motivation at the start-up stage. Basic Psychological Needs Theory is the latest and central theory from the SDT (Self-Determination Theory) (Deci and Ryan, 2000;2002). Jian et al. (2012) pointed out that psychological need is a critical factor in connecting the external environment and internal individuality. Additionally, entrepreneurial motivation is a precondition for entrepreneurship. Recent research suggests that motivation is an important role in entrepreneurial behavior and success where motivation has influenced entrepreneurs to start a business (Virginia and Carlos, 2012) . The research looks at the relationship between the psychological need and motivation of candidates of start-up in Singapore utilizing positivist approaches. Multiple regression analysis was used to analyze a causal relationship between psychological need and entrepreneurial motivation. Results found that there was a statistically significant relationship between two concepts.
Contribution/ Originality
The paper's primary contribution is finding that relationship between the basic psychological need and entrepreneur motivation in Singapore. Thinking about the causation of two concepts, this study has analyzed the impact of the psychology in the field of entrepreneurship.


Entrepreneurship, Start-up, Entrepreneur, Basic psychological need, Motivation., Start-up entrepreneur.




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Competing Interests:

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.


Both authors contributed equally to the conception and design of the study.

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