Nature Plus Nurture: Do Teenage Activities Predict Entrepreneurial Success?

Wyld, David C.
February 2011
Academy of Management Perspectives;Feb2011, Vol. 25 Issue 1, p100
Academic Journal
The article presents an overview of research that investigates whether entrepreneurs are a product of nature or nurture. Researchers Martin Obschonka, Rainer K. Silbereisen, and Eva Schmitt-Rodermund who are affiliated with Friedrich Schiller University in Germany looked at various factors that might predict an adult’s intention to become an entrepreneur such as the link between personality and entrepreneurship and what businesspeople had done during their teenage years. The discussion focuses on the formative role that teenagers' experiences have in adulthood regarding entrepreneurship, the entrepreneurial intentions of about 500 German scientists, and the assessment of personality traits.


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