The Role of Social and Human Capital Among Nascent Entrepreneurs

Davidsson, Per & Honig, Benson (2012) The Role of Social and Human Capital Among Nascent Entrepreneurs. In Shepherd, Dean A. & Gregoire, Denis A. (Eds.) Entrepreneurial Opportunities. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK, pp. 465-495.


This study examines nascent entrepreneurship by comparing individuals engaged in nascent activities (n=380) with a control group (n=608), after screening a sample from the general population (n=30,427). The study then follows the developmental process of nascent entrepreneurs for 18 months. Bridging and bonding social capital, consisting of both strong and weak ties, was a robust predictor for nascent entrepreneurs, as well as for advancing through the start-up process. With regard to outcomes like first sale or showing a profit, only one aspect of social capital, viz. being a member of a business network, had a statistically significant positive effect. The study supports human capital in predicting entry into nascent entrepreneurship, but only weakly for carrying the start-up process towards successful completion.

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Item Type: Book Chapter
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Originally published as: Davidsson, P. & Honig, B. (2003). The role of social and human capital among nascent entrepreneurs, Journal of Business Venturing, 18, 301 331. DOI: 10.1016/S0883-9026(02)00097-6

Also see eprint 5832 (RM 2007001608)and 49424 (RM 2012001846)

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Keywords: Nascent Entrepreneurship, Start-up Process, Social Capital, Human Capital
ISBN: 9781781000465
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
Deposited On: 07 Jan 2014 00:08
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2017 14:36

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