Patterns of entrepreneurial career development : An optimal matching analysis approach

Zacher, Hannes ; Biemann, Torsten ; Gielnik, Michael M. ; Frese, Michael

Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2012
The title of a journal, publication series: International Journal of Developmental Science
Volume: 6
Issue number: 3/4
Page range: 177-187
Place of publication: Heidelberg
Publishing house: Akademische Verl.-Ges. AKA
ISSN: 2192-001X
Publication language: English
Institution: Business School > ABWL, Personalmanagement u. Führung (Biemann 2013-)
Subject: 610 Medicine and health
Keywords (English): Entrepreneurship , self-employment , employment patterns , personality , optimal matching analysis , socio-economic panel
Abstract: 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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