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Hybrid entrepreneurs' second-step choice: The nonlinear relationship between age and intention to enter full-time entrepreneurship

Sara Thorgren, Charlotta Sirén, Carin Nordström and Joakim Wincent

Journal of Business Venturing Insights, 2016, vol. 5, issue C, 14-18

Abstract: Entrepreneurs who run venture startups parallel to wage employment engage in so-called hybrid entrepreneurship. Not all hybrid entrepreneurs, however, eventually leave the wage employment to become a full-time entrepreneur (second-step entrepreneurship). Significant research has focused on first-step entrepreneurial choice (to engage in a business start-up), but much less has focused on a second-step entrepreneurial choice, which captures the transition to full-time entrepreneurship. The present study, which examines the second-step entrepreneurial choice, reveals a U-shaped relationship between age and the intention to enter full-time entrepreneurship. Interestingly, this contrasts with prior studies on the effects from age in the first-step entrepreneurship choice, demonstrating an inverted U-relationship between age and venture startup.

Keywords: Entrepreneurship career; Entrepreneurial entry; Employment; Age; Hybrid entrepreneurship (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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