Critical developmental experiences drive meaningful changes in the deep knowledge structures of individuals toward a more expert entrepreneurial direction (Krueger 2009, 2010). This is an opportunity to advance our understanding of how one might “grow up entrepreneurial.”

We advance this research across multiple new data sets to validate this impact. However, these newer data sets also offer us the opportunity to assess how this exposure influences deeper beliefs (Krueger 2007). Is prior entrepreneurial exposure reflected in characteristics that suggest significant differences in deeper cognitive structures such as scripts and maps? Drawing on the insights of Ron Mitchell (e.g., Mitchell, Mitchell & Mitchell 2010) it would useful to ask if such exposure leads individuals toward a more expert script (e.g, Ericsson 2008; Gladwell 2009). On the other hand, Kets de Vries reminds us that the impact can also be dysfunctionally negative.