Date of Award

Spring 4-28-2017

Document Type


Primary Advisor

Dr. Beth Leslie


The purpose of this work is to investigate and identify the influence of perceptions on entrepreneurial success. Entrepreneurs have been identified as instrumental to the economic survival of society and have therefore become the focus of an increasingly large number of studies. This thesis will expound upon those studies by focusing on aspects of the studies that pertain to entrepreneurial perceptions and success. This work will focus on three types of perceptions and how they influence success. It will focus on the perceptions the entrepreneurs have of themselves, the perceptions they have of their environments and the perceptions others have of entrepreneurs. The aim of this work is to increase understanding of the exact influence of these perceptions by studying the topic from a variety of its properties based on literature that has been written by others in the past.