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Social capital's incluence on potencial entrepreneurs/La influencia del capital social sobre los empresarios potenciales



    () (Dpto. Economía Aplicada I, Universidad de Sevilla. Av. Ramón y Cajal, 1. 41018-Sevilla.)


    () (Dpto. Economía Aplicada I, Universidad de Sevilla. Av. Ramón y Cajal, 1. 41018-Sevilla.)


In this paper, the main objective is the introduction of the new socioeconomic concept of social capital in the intention-based model of new firm creation. Starting from Ajzen´s theory of planned behaviour, the specific influence of social capital both on the formation of intentions and, therefore, on the entrepreneurial potential will be studied. To achieve this objective, an empirical study will be carried out using the Partial Least Square (PLS) technique with data from a sample of young undergraduate students in the last year of their degree. This population has been selected because these individuals, according to different studies, show a higher propensity towards firm creation.Entrepreneurs are assigned nowadays a central role by the scientific community in the growth and development of the different regions of the world economy. Thus, results obtained in this paper could be very useful for the design and implementation of different measures to promote the entrepreneurial potential of individ als and, therefore, the emergence of new and more efficient firms. En este trabajo, el objetivo principal es introducir el nuevo concepto socioeconómico de capital social en los modelos de intencionalidad empresarial. En concreto, partiendo de la teoría del comportamiento planeado de Ajzen, se estudiará la influencia del capital social en la formación de las intenciones y, por tanto, de la potencialidad en la creación de empresas. Para cumplir este objetivo, se va a realizar un estudio empírico usando la técnica estadística del Partial Least Square (PLS) sobre los datos obtenidos de una muestra de jóvenes universitarios, estudiantes de último curso de carrera. La selección de esta población se debe a que presenta, según diferentes estudios realizados, una alta propensión a crear empresas. Dado el papel central que se atribuye hoy día entre la comunidad científica a la figura del empresario en el crecimiento y desarrollo de las diferentes regiones de la economía mundial, los resultados podrían ser muy útiles para el diseño de instrumentos que impulsen la potencialidad empresarial entre la población y, por tanto, la emergencia de nuevas y mejores empresas.

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  • Liñán Alcalde, Francisco & Santos Cumplido,Francisco Javier, 2006. "Social capital's incluence on potencial entrepreneurs/La influencia del capital social sobre los empresarios potenciales," Estudios de Economía Aplicada, Estudios de Economía Aplicada, vol. 24, pages 459-489, Agosto.
  • Handle: RePEc:lrk:eeaart:24_2_6

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    1. David B. Audretsch & Roy Thurik, 2001. "Linking Entrepreneurship to Growth," OECD Science, Technology and Industry Working Papers 2001/2, OECD Publishing.
    2. KruegerJR, Norris F. & Reilly, Michael D. & Carsrud, Alan L., 2000. "Competing models of entrepreneurial intentions," Journal of Business Venturing, Elsevier, vol. 15(5-6), pages 411-432.
    3. Rodgers, Waymond, 1999. "The influences of conflicting information on novices and loan officers' actions," Journal of Economic Psychology, Elsevier, vol. 20(2), pages 123-145, April.
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    Social Capital; Entrepreneurship; Potencial Entrepreneur/Capital Social; Empresarialidad; Empresario Potencial.;

    JEL classification:

    • Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification
    • M13 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - New Firms; Startups


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