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Selbständigerwerbende und ihre jungen Unternehmen: 9 Fallbeispiele
[Start-up Firms of the self-employed: 9 Case studies]


  • Harabi, Najib
  • Meyer, Rolf
  • Alt, Marion
  • Hüffmeyer, Kerstin


Because of its importance to a dynamic development of the economy, the formation of new firms has been viewed with rapidly increasing interest from the perspectives of practical economic policy at the national, regional and local levels and from the perspectives of private business associations, formal and informal networks. According to statements of the Swiss Federal Office for Vocational Education and Technology (BBT, Bern), there are more than 200 initiatives that aim at encouraging the formation of new firms in Switzerland. However, an accompanying scientific study of these initiatives is lacking. Serious knowledge gaps exist. The present research project attempts to make a contribution, in a systematic way, to fill some of these gaps. It is based on a systematic study of 20 case studies and of a large survey conducted in 1999 of 745 newly founded firms in Switzerland. In this paper the resutls of 9 case studies are presented concerning the following areas: (1) Portrait of firm founders. (2) Success indicators of firm formation. (3) Factors affecting success of firm formation. (4) Relationships between success and success factors.

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  • Harabi, Najib & Meyer, Rolf & Alt, Marion & Hüffmeyer, Kerstin, 2000. "Selbständigerwerbende und ihre jungen Unternehmen: 9 Fallbeispiele
    [Start-up Firms of the self-employed: 9 Case studies]
    ," MPRA Paper 4424, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:4424

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    1. Meyer, Rolf & Harabi, Najib, 2000. "Frauen-Power unter Der Lupe: Geschlechtsspezifische Unterschiede zwischen Jungunternehmerinnen und Jungunternehmen. Ergebnisse einer empirische Untersuchung
      [Women-Power under the Microscope: Gende
      ," MPRA Paper 4425, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    Formation of new firms; new enterprises; small firms; small-to-medium-sized enterprises; self-employed; start-ups; firm foundations; promoting start-ups; firm promotion; private sector promotion; Switzerland;

    JEL classification:

    • L26 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Entrepreneurship
    • D21 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Theory
    • J23 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Demand


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