Examining the black box between stimulating regions and individual entrepreneurship

Stuetzer, Michael, Obschonka, Martin, Brixy, Udo, Sternberg, Rolf, & Cantner, Uwe (2011) Examining the black box between stimulating regions and individual entrepreneurship. In Maritz, A (Ed.) Regional Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research 2011, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Vic., pp. 917-931.

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This paper seeks to investigate the link between the objective regional opportunity structure (captured by regional data) and individuals’ engagement in different stages in the venture creation process (intention to start a business and engagement in nascent entrepreneurship). We further investigate pathways through which a favourable regional environment could affect entrepreneurial intentions and the propensity to be a nascent entrepreneur. We combine individual level GEM-data for Western Germany with regional level data from the statistical office and use multi-level analysis to test our hypotheses. We find support for our contention that a favourable regional opportunity structure affects entrepreneurial intentions and engagement. As pathways between the region and individual behaviour serve the individual perception of founding opportunities and the individual social capital.

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ID Code: 46097
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Regional Entrepreneurship; ; , , Nascent Entrepreneurship, Social Capital, Creative Class Theory
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
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 please consult the authors
Deposited On: 22 Sep 2011 00:55
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2011 06:04

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