What actually makes an entrepreneur and what is the “essence of being entrepreneurial” (Krueger 2007, p. 123)? A great deal of research dealing with this question focuses on the entrepreneurs’ human capital as success factor. However, a recent studies report low correlations between traditional human capital variables and entrepreneurial success in general (Unger et al. 2011). In search of a distinctive set of skills and abilities as the “essence” of entrepreneurial human capital, Lazear (2005) proposed a model highlighting the importance of a balanced skill set for entrepreneurs. This paper examines the effects and origins of balanced skills among nascent entrepreneurs. In a first step we apply Lazear’s theory to investigate performance effects of a balanced skill set. Second, we investigate potential sources of balanced skills, thereby testing the investment hypothesis against the endowment hypothesis.
Stuetzer, Michael; Obschonka, Martin; and Schmitt-Rodermund, Eva
"BALANCED SKILLS AMONG NASCENT ENTREPRENEURS (SUMMARY),"
Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research: Vol. 32
, Article 21.
Available at: https://digitalknowledge.babson.edu/fer/vol32/iss5/21