A longitudinal study of habitual entrepreneurs: starters and acquirers
Authors: Ucbasaran, Deniz; Wright, Mike; Westhead, Paul
Source: Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, Volume 15, Number 3, July-September 2003 , pp. 207-228(22)
Abstract:This study provides insights into the characteristics and behaviour of habitual starter entrepreneurs (i.e. individuals who have established more than one business) and habitual acquirer entrepreneurs (i.e. individuals who have purchased/acquired more than one business). A human capital perspective is utilized to illustrate that the human capital accumulated by a habitual entrepreneur may influence their subsequent behaviour. Prior business ownership experience is discussed in relation to an entrepreneur's human capital accumulation, as well as their search and business opportunity identification behaviour. A case study approach is used to develop propositions that highlight the similarities and differences between habitual starter and acquirer entrepreneurs. Implications for researchers and practitioners are discussed.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Institute for Enterprise and Innovation, Nottingham University Business School, Jubilee Campus, Wollaton Road, Nottingham, NG8 1BB, UK;, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Publication date: 2003-07-01