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Born entrepreneurs? Adolescents’ personality characteristics and entrepreneurship in adulthood

Jutta Viinikainen, Guido Heineck (), Petri Böckerman (), Mirka Hintsanen, Olli Raitakari and Jaakko Pehkonen

Journal of Business Venturing Insights, 2017, vol. 8, issue C, 9-12

Abstract: 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 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L26 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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