Stuetzer, Michael and Obschonka, Martin and Schmitt-Rodermund, Eva (2012): Balanced skills among nascent entrepreneurs. Published in: Small Business Economics (1. February 2012)
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This paper examines the effects and origins of balanced skills among nascent entrepreneurs. In a first step we apply Lazear’s jack-of-all-trades theory to investigate performance effects of a balanced skill set. Second, we investigate potential sources of balanced skills, thereby testing the investment hypothesis against the endowment hypothesis. Analyzing data on high-potential nascent projects, we find support for the notion that balanced skills are important for making progress in the venture creation process. Regarding the origins of balanced skills, the data support both hypotheses. In line with the investment hypothesis an early interest in an entrepreneurial career, prior managerial and entrepreneurial experience are significantly related with a more balanced skill set. Supporting the endowment hypothesis, an entrepreneurial personality profile indicating entrepreneurial talent is correlated with a balanced skill set. Our results thus hint at the need for theories on the origins of a balanced skill set that integrate both views.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Balanced skills among nascent entrepreneurs|
|Keywords:||Nascent entrepreneurship; balanced skills; human capital; new venture creation; entrepreneurship|
|Subjects:||L - Industrial Organization > L2 - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior > L26 - Entrepreneurship
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J2 - Demand and Supply of Labor > J24 - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
M - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting > M1 - Business Administration > M13 - New Firms; Startups
|Depositing User:||Dr. Michael Stützer|
|Date Deposited:||21. Mar 2012 13:20|
|Last Modified:||13. Feb 2013 14:09|
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