“Jack-of-all-trades” with passion: Keener to pursue startup in a team?
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AbstractThis study tests the thesis of the “jack-of-all-trades” – whether individuals with a variety of skills are more likely to pursue entrepreneurship – at the early stage of venture formation. We also investigate if entrepreneurial passion would heighten the effect of a variety of skills to make would-be entrepreneurs keener to pursue the startup process and form new venture teams. Taking advantage of a 10-month entrepreneurship training project, we tested our propositions with a longitudinal sample of 215 participating waged employees. The findings show that skill variety positively influenced participants to form teams for new venturing in the program, and such effect was stronger among passionate individuals. Implications of the findings for human capital theory and entrepreneurial practice are discussed.
Acceptance Date22/09/2019
All Author(s) ListYingzhao Xiao, Marta K. Dowejko, Kevin Au, Anna Jui-chuan Hsu
Journal nameJournal of Small Business Management
Volume Number58
Issue Number4
Pages806 - 833
LanguagesEnglish-United States
KeywordsHuman capital, entrepreneurial passion, team formation, entrepreneurial education

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