Regional characteristics, opportunity perception and entrepreneurial activities

Stuetzer, Michael, Obschonka, Martin, Brixy, Udo, Sternberg, Rolf, & Cantner, Uwe (2014) Regional characteristics, opportunity perception and entrepreneurial activities. Small Business Economics, 42(2), pp. 221-244.

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This paper seeks to better understand the link between regional characteristics and individual entrepreneurship. We combine individual-level GEM data for Western Germany with regional-level data, using multi-level analysis to test our hypotheses. We find no direct link between regional knowledge creation, the economic context and an entrepreneurial culture on the one side and individual business start-up intentions and start-up activity on the other side. However our findings point to the importance of an indirect effect of regional characteristics as knowledge creation, the economic context and an entrepreneurial culture have an effect on the individual perception of founding opportunities which in turn predicted start-up intentions and activity.

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ID Code: 59170
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Regional Entrepreneurship;; , Nascent Entrepreneurship, Opportunity Perception, Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), Creative Class
DOI: 10.1007/s11187-013-9488-6
ISSN: 0921-898X
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 2013 Springer New York LLC
Copyright Statement: The original publication is available at SpringerLink
Deposited On: 01 May 2013 23:17
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2014 11:39

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