Where do entrepreneurial skills come from?

Stuetzer, Michael, Obschonka, Martin, Davidsson, Per, & Schmitt-Rodermund, Eva (2013) Where do entrepreneurial skills come from? Applied Economics Letters, 20(12), pp. 1183-1186.

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Applying Lazear's jack-of-all-trades theory, we investigate the formation of entrepreneurial skills in two data sets on innovative new firms. Our results suggest that traditional human capital indicators individually have little or no influence on entrepreneurial skills. However, consistent with Lazear's theory, those entrepreneurs who exhibit a varied set of work experience have higher entrepreneurial skills relevant for starting and growing a firm. This supports the notion that a varied set of work experiences rather than depth of any particular type of experience or education is important for the development of entrepreneurial skills.

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ID Code: 60722
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Entrepreneurial Skills, Jack-of-all-trades, New Venture Creation, Human Capital
DOI: 10.1080/13504851.2013.797554
ISSN: 1466-4291 (online) 1350-4851 (print)
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 Taylor & Francis
Deposited On: 11 Jun 2013 23:08
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2017 01:56

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