Family involvement as a catalyst for female opportunity recognition

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Authors: Elmar Lins and Eva Lutz
Date: Summer 2017
Publisher: Inderscience Publishers Ltd.
Document Type: Author abstract
Length: 121 words

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To purchase or authenticate to the full-text of this article, please visit this link: http://www.inderscienceonline.com/doi/10.1504/IJESB.2017.084091 Byline: Elmar Lins, Eva Lutz Do female and male entrepreneurs recognise and develop business opportunities differently, and is this gender gap in opportunity recognition still prevalent when family members are directly involved in business foundations? We refer to socialisation and human capital theory to examine whether male entrepreneurs are more likely to recognise business opportunities than female entrepreneurs are and how family involvement influences this relationship. Studying 12,009 new ventures founded between 2005 and 2009 in Germany, we find that women are, indeed, less likely to recognise entrepreneurial opportunities. Furthermore, family involvement increases opportunity recognition for both sexes and this effect is significantly stronger for women.

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