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ERIC Number: EJ804815
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-May
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0749-5978
Entrepreneurs and Evolutionary Biology: The Relationship between Testosterone and New Venture Creation
White, Roderick E.; Thornhill, Stewart; Hampson, Elizabeth
Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, v100 n1 p21-34 May 2006
Biological evolutionary processes select for heritable behaviors providing a survival and reproductive advantage. Accordingly, how we behave is, at least in part, affected by the evolutionary history of our species. This research uses evolutionary psychology as the theoretical perspective for exploring the relationship between a heritable biological characteristic (testosterone level) and an important business behavior (new venture creation). Data were collected from 31 MBA students with significant prior involvement in new venture creation and from 79 other student subjects with no new venture start-up experience. Consistent with evolutionary psychological theory, the biological (testosterone level) effect upon behavior (new venture creation) is partially mediated by the psychological (risk propensity). (Contains 1 figure and 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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