Born entrepreneurs? : Adolescents’ personality characteristics and entrepreneurship in adulthood
Viinikainen, J., Heineck, G., Böckerman, P., Hintsanen, M., Raitakari, O., & Pehkonen, J. (2017). Born entrepreneurs? : Adolescents’ personality characteristics and entrepreneurship in adulthood. Journal of Business Venturing Insights, 8, 9-12. doi:10.1016/j.jbvi.2017.05.001
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Is there an entrepreneurial personality, and does it appear early in life? We provide a new answer to this important question by examining traits related to Type A behavior (Aggression, Leadership, Responsibility, and Eagerness-Energy) measured during adolescence and their relationship to entrepreneurship propensity in adulthood. The results indicate that the early-life Leadership dimension is significantly associated with a higher likelihood of 1) becoming an entrepreneur and 2) being more successful as an entrepreneur, as approximated by sales.
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