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Intergenerational transmission of entrepreneurial intentions

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  • Laspita, Stavroula
  • Breugst, Nicola
  • Heblich, Stephan
  • Patzelt, Holger

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We draw on cross-cultural theory and the Global Leadership and Organizational Behavior Effectiveness project to develop a model for the transmission of entrepreneurial intentions within families in different cultures. Using data on more than 40,000 individuals from 15 countries, we show that beyond the transmission of entrepreneurial intentions from parents to children, grandparents – either directly or “indirectly” via the parents – impact the offspring's intentions. Moreover, we find that parents' and grandparents' influences partly substitute for one another. The strength of these effects varies across cultures. Our results provide a more detailed picture of the intergenerational transmission of entrepreneurial intentions.

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  • Laspita, Stavroula & Breugst, Nicola & Heblich, Stephan & Patzelt, Holger, 2012. "Intergenerational transmission of entrepreneurial intentions," Journal of Business Venturing, Elsevier, vol. 27(4), pages 414-435.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jbvent:v:27:y:2012:i:4:p:414-435
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jbusvent.2011.11.006
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