Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • harvard1
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
The genetic basis of entrepreneurship: Effects of gender and personality
Department of Management, W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA.
Department of Management and Marketing, University of Melbourne,, Australia.
Department of Management & Organisation, Business School, National University of Singapore, Singapore.
Department of Management & Organisation, Business School, National University of Singapore, Singapore.
Show others and affiliations
2009 (English)In: Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, ISSN 0749-5978, E-ISSN 1095-9920, Vol. 110, no 2, 93-107 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Extending previous research on the genetic underpinnings of entrepreneurship, we investigate gender differences in the genetic influences on the tendency of people to become entrepreneurs. We also examined two mediating variables through which genetic factors may impact this tendency: extraversion and neuroticism. Based on 1285 pairs of identical twins (449 male and 836 female pairs) and 849 pairs of same-sex fraternal twins (283 male and 566 female pairs), we found that females have a strong genetic influence and zero shared-environmental influences on their tendency to become entrepreneurs. In contrast, males show zero genetic influence, but a large shared-environmental influence. Extraversion and neuroticism mediate the genetic influences on women's tendency to become entrepreneurs, whereas extraversion mediates shared-environmental influences on men's tendency to become entrepreneurs. We discuss this sharp difference in genetic influences on entrepreneurship across gender groups and highlight the different challenges that men and women face in their entrepreneurial endeavors.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Amsterdam, Holland: Elsevier Inc , 2009. Vol. 110, no 2, 93-107 p.
Keyword [en]
Entrepreneurship, Extraversion, Behavioral genetics, Twin methodology
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Ledarskap under påfrestande förhållanden
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-352DOI: 10.1016/j.obhdp.2009.07.002ISI: 000272340800004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-352DiVA: diva2:621612
Available from: 2010-02-24 Created: 2010-02-23 Last updated: 2017-01-04Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text

Other links

Publisher's full text

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Larsson, Gerry
By organisation
Department of Leadership and Management (ILM)
In the same journal
Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes
Social Sciences

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar

Altmetric score

Total: 72 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • harvard1
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf