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Innovative opportunity pursuit, human capital and business ownership experience in an emerging region: evidence from Ghana

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  • Paul Robson

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  • Charles Akuetteh

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  • Paul Westhead

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  • Mike Wright

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This study explores whether an entrepreneur’s ability to assemble and leverage human capital, particularly specific human capital relating to prior business ownership experience, is associated with seven types of product and work practices innovation in an emerging region, namely, Ghana. Logistic regression estimation revealed that portfolio entrepreneurs were more likely than novice entrepreneurs to report ‘innovation tried’. Multinomial logistic regression analysis revealed that portfolio entrepreneurs were more likely than other entrepreneurs to report ‘innovation tried and introduced’. If the goals of policy are to increase the ‘quality’ of new business start-ups and maximize investment returns, there is a case to target assistance to portfolio entrepreneurs. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC. 2012

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  • Paul Robson & Charles Akuetteh & Paul Westhead & Mike Wright, 2012. "Innovative opportunity pursuit, human capital and business ownership experience in an emerging region: evidence from Ghana," Small Business Economics, Springer, vol. 39(3), pages 603-625, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:sbusec:v:39:y:2012:i:3:p:603-625
    DOI: 10.1007/s11187-011-9333-8
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    Keywords

    Innovation process outcomes; Human capital; Habitual entrepreneurs; Ghana; L26; O31; J24; O10;

    JEL classification:

    • L26 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Entrepreneurship
    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • O10 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - General

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