Do entrepreneurs really learn? Or do they just tell us that they do?

Frankish, Julian S, Roberts, Richard G, Coad, Alex, Spears, Taylor C and Storey, David J (2013) Do entrepreneurs really learn? Or do they just tell us that they do? Industrial and Corporate Change, 22 (1). pp. 73-106. ISSN 1464-3650

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Abstract

This article examines the theory and evidence in support of entrepreneurial learning (EL), measured in terms of whether individuals have previously owned a business, and time since start-up. Under this theory, entrepreneurial performance is argued to be enhanced by EL which itself is enhanced by business experience. However, if business performance is strongly influenced by chance then evidence of EL will be difficult to identify. We test for EL using a large scale data set comprising 6671 new firms. We choose business survival over 3 years as our performance measure and then formulate three tests for EL. None of the three tests provide compelling evidence in support of EL.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Business and Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Depositing User: Janet Snow
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2012 12:21
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2015 13:12
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/40081
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