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Parents' performance in entrepreneurship as a "double-edged sword" for the intergenerational transmission of entrepreneurship
RSM Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands.
Department of Management and Entrepreneurship, University of Bern, Switzerland.
Department of Management and Organization, Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden.
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Business Administration. Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Center for Family Enterprise and Ownership (CeFEO).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3742-542X
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2017 (English)In: Small Business Economics, ISSN 0921-898X, E-ISSN 1573-0913, Vol. 49, no 4, p. 841-864Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We investigate how perceived parents’ performance in entrepreneurship (PPE) affects the entrepreneurial career intentions of offspring. We argue that while perceived PPE enhances offspring’s perceived entrepreneurial desirability and feasibility because of exposure mechanisms, it weakens the translation of both desirability and feasibility into entrepreneurial career intentions due to upward social comparison mechanisms. Thus, perceived PPE acts as a double-edged sword for the intergenerational transmission of entrepreneurship. Our predictions are tested and confirmed on a sample of 21,895 individuals from 33 countries. This study advances the literature on intergenerational transmission of entrepreneurship by providing a foundation for understanding the social psychological conditions necessary for such transmission to occur.

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Springer, 2017. Vol. 49, no 4, p. 841-864
Keywords [en]
Intergenerational transmission of entrepreneurship; parents’ performance in entrepreneurship; entrepreneurial career intention; social comparison theory; perceived desirability; perceived feasibility
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-35219DOI: 10.1007/s11187-017-9854-xISI: 000416227700008Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85018764295Local ID: IHHCeFEOISOAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-35219DiVA, id: diva2:1082918
Available from: 2017-03-20 Created: 2017-03-20 Last updated: 2018-01-04Bibliographically approved

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