Parents' Performance in Entrepreneurship as a "Double-Edged Sword" for the Intergenerational Transmission of Entrepreneurship

Criaco, Giuseppe; Sieger, Philipp; Wennberg, Karl; Chirico, Francesco; Minola, Tommaso (2017). Parents' Performance in Entrepreneurship as a "Double-Edged Sword" for the Intergenerational Transmission of Entrepreneurship. Small Business Economics, 49(4), pp. 841-864. Springer 10.1007/s11187-017-9854-x

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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.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Business Management > Institute of Innovation Management > Management

UniBE Contributor:

Sieger, Philipp

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics
600 Technology > 650 Management & public relations

ISSN:

1573-0913

Publisher:

Springer

Language:

English

Submitter:

Philipp Sieger

Date Deposited:

06 Sep 2017 16:08

Last Modified:

26 Nov 2017 02:12

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s11187-017-9854-x

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.99707

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/99707

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