Socio-Historical Shifts in Life Stage at Entrepreneurial Entry and Their Performance Implications

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Abstract Entrepreneurs are no longer who and what they used to be, and this has implications for entrepreneurial performance. Drawing on life course theory and results from cohort analyses of U.S. self-employment data from the 1979 and 1997 cohorts of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, we propose that shifting age norms have resulted in individuals today entering entrepreneurship at a younger age, and with less prior work experience than in the past. Also, individuals today are more frequently unmarried and childless at the time of entering entrepreneurship. We conjecture that these socio-historical shifts in life stage at entrepreneurial entry bear largely negative implications for entrepreneurial performance. Moreover, we argue for gender differences in the effect of parenthood on entrepreneurial performance, which we suggest have decreased over time due to the decline of traditional gender roles. Our cohort analyses support these theoretical conjectures.
Authors Andric, Mateja; Hatak, Isabella; Hsueh, Josh Wei-Jun & Zellweger, Thomas
Journal or Publication Title Proceedings of the Eighty-second Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management
Language English
Subjects business studies
social sciences
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
HSG Profile Area Global Center for Entrepreneurship + Innovation
Date August 2022
Event Title 82st Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management
Event Location Seattle
Event Dates August 5-9, 2022
ISSN-Digital 2151-6561
Depositing User M.A. HSG Mateja Andric
Date Deposited 11 May 2022 13:26
Last Modified 21 Nov 2022 14:34
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/266253

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Andric, Mateja; Hatak, Isabella; Hsueh, Josh Wei-Jun & Zellweger, Thomas: Socio-Historical Shifts in Life Stage at Entrepreneurial Entry and Their Performance Implications. 2022. - 82st Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management. - Seattle.

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