Born Entrepreneur? Adolescents‘ Personality Characteristics and Self-Employment in Adulthood

Faculty/Professorship: Empirical Microeconomics  
Author(s): Heineck, Guido  ; Viinikainen, Jutta; Böckerman, Petri; Hintsanen, Mirka; Raitakari, Olli; Pehkonen, Jaakko
Title of the Journal: Journal of Business Venturing Insights
ISSN: 2352-6734
Publisher Information: Oxford [u.a.] : Elsevier Science
Year of publication: 2017
Volume: 8
Pages: 9-12
Language(s): English
DOI: 10.1016/j.jbvi.2017.05.001
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.
Keywords: Entrepreneurship, Personality, Type A behavior
Peer Reviewed: Ja
International Distribution: Ja
Type: Article
Year of publication: 4. December 2017