Information Search and Opportunity Identification: The Importance of Prior Business Ownership Experience
Westhead, P., Ucbasaran, Deniz and Wright, M.. (2009) Information Search and Opportunity Identification: The Importance of Prior Business Ownership Experience. International Small Business Journal, Vol.27 (No.6). pp. 659-680. ISSN 0266-2426Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0266242609344255
This study explores whether habitual entrepreneurs with prior business ownership experience reported higher information search intensities and identified more business opportunities than novice entrepreneurs. Guided by human capital and cognitive theories, four hypotheses were tested with regard to a sample of 625 entrepreneurs in Great Britain. Habitual entrepreneurs were not found to report lower levels of information search intensity than novice entrepreneurs. Habitual entrepreneurs identified more business opportunities than novice entrepreneurs. Portfolio entrepreneurs identified more opportunities than serial and novice entrepreneurs. Respondents reporting higher entrepreneurial capability and information search intensity identified more opportunities. If the goals of policy are to increase the ‘quantity’ of new business start-ups and maximize investment returns, there is a case to target assistance to habitual entrepreneurs, particularly portfolio entrepreneurs. More customized assistance to entrepreneurs is required to improve the ‘quality’ of the entrepreneurial pool. Both novice and habitual entrepreneurs would benefit from schemes that promote more intensive information search and the leverage of entrepreneurial capabilities.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Warwick Business School > Centre for Small & Medium-Sized Enterprises
Faculty of Social Sciences > Warwick Business School > Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Management
Faculty of Social Sciences > Warwick Business School
|Journal or Publication Title:||International Small Business Journal|
|Publisher:||Sage Publications Ltd.|
|Number of Pages:||22|
|Page Range:||pp. 659-680|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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