Patterns of entrepreneurial career development: An optimal matching analysis approach

Zacher, Hannes, Biemann, Torsten, Gielnik, Michael M., & Frese, Michael (2012) Patterns of entrepreneurial career development: An optimal matching analysis approach. International Journal of Developmental Science, 6(3-4), pp. 177-187.

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Longitudinal studies of entrepreneurial career development are rare, and current knowledge of self-employment patterns and their relationships with individual difference characteristics is limited. In this study, the authors analyzed employment data from a subsample of 514 participants from the German Socio-Economic Panel study (1984–2008). Results of an optimal matching analysis indicated that a continuous self-employment pattern could be distinguished from four alternative employment patterns (change from employment to self-employment, full-time employees, part-time employees, and farmers). Results of a multinomial logistic regression analysis showed that certain socio-demographic characteristics (i.e., age and gender) and personality characteristics (i.e., conscientiousness and risk-taking propensity) were related to the likelihood of following a continuous self-employment pattern compared to the other employment patterns. Implications for future research on entrepreneurial career development are discussed.

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ID Code: 92367
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Entrepreneurship, Self employment, Employment patterns, Personality, Optimal matching analysis, Socio economic panel
DOI: 10.3233/DEV-2012-12111
ISSN: 2192-001X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Entrepreneurship (150304)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: I O S Press 2012
Deposited On: 07 Feb 2016 23:52
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2016 05:02

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