Mobility and Entrepreneurship: Evaluating the Scope of Knowledge-Based Theories of Entrepreneurship
2016 (English)In: Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice, ISSN 1042-2587, E-ISSN 1540-6520, Vol. 40, no 2, 359-380 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Knowledge-based theories of entrepreneurship infer transfer of knowledge from the effect of labor mobility on entrepreneurial entry. Yet, simple selection or situational mechanisms that do not imply knowledge transfer may influence entrepreneurial entry in similar ways. We argue that the extent to which such alternative mechanisms operate, labor mobility predicts entry but not subsequent performance for entrepreneurs. Analyses of matched employee–employer data from Sweden suggest that high rates of geographical and industry mobility increase individuals’ likelihood of entrepreneurial entry but have no effects on their entrepreneurial performance. This indicates that the relationship between labor mobility and entrepreneurial entry do not necessarily imply knowledge transfer.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wiley-Blackwell, 2016. Vol. 40, no 2, 359-380 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-126692DOI: 10.1111/etap.12223ISI: 000371893300007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-126692DiVA: diva2:916422
FunderRiksbankens Jubileumsfond, M12-0301:1Swedish Research Council, 340-2013-5460
Funding agencies: Swedish Research Council [DNR 340-2013-5460]; Riksbankens Jubileumsfond [DNR M12-0301:1]2016-04-012016-04-012016-04-20Bibliographically approved