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ERIC Number: EJ1145672
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2192-001X
Patterns of Entrepreneurial Career Development: An Optimal Matching Analysis Approach
Zacher, Hannes; Biemann, Torsten; Gielnik, Michael M.; Frese, Michael
International Journal of Developmental Science, v6 n3-4 p177-187 2012
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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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany
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