Balanced skills among nascent entrepreneurs

Stuetzer, Michael & Kaya, Maria (2011) Balanced skills among nascent entrepreneurs. In Maritz, Alex (Ed.) Proceedings of the 8th AGSE International Entrepreneurship Research Exchange, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Vic, pp. 1275-1289.

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This paper examines the effects and origins of balanced skills among nascent entrepreneurs. In a first step we extend Lazear’s jack-of-all-trades theory to formally model performance effects of balanced skills. In a second step we investigate potential sources of balanced skills related to the investment hypothesis and the endowment hypothesis. Analyzing data on 100 high-potential nascent projects, we find support for the hypothesis that balanced skills are an important factor for making progress in the venture creation process. Interestingly, none of the traditional human capital indicators such as prior managerial and entrepreneurial experience predict the progress of the project. However, they contribute to a balanced skill set, supporting the investment hypothesis on balanced skill origins. We also find empirical evidence for the endowment hypothesis suggesting that a balanced skill set is deeply rooted in the adolescent development and personality characteristics of the nascent entrepreneurs.

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ID Code: 41694
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Balanced Skills, Nascent Entrepreneurship, Human Capital, Entrepreneurship
ISBN: 9780980332872
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Entrepreneurship (150304)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Deposited On: 16 May 2011 22:18
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2012 02:43

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