Examining the age‐performance relationship for entrepreneurs: Does the innovativeness of a venture make a difference?

Kanti V. Prasad (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
Kyle Ehrhardt (University of Colorado, Denver)
Yiyuan Liu (Otterbein University)
Kamlesh Tiwari (University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee)

New England Journal of Entrepreneurship

ISSN: 2574-8904

Article publication date: 1 March 2015

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Abstract

Whether older or younger entrepreneurs may be better positioned to achieve performance outcomes for their ventures is a much debated question. Here, we draw on Galenson℉s theory of creativity to propose a contingency perspective for understanding the relationship between entrepreneur age and venture performance, suggesting that a venture℉s level of innovativeness plays a moderating role. Results from a representative sample of 1,182 nascent entrepreneurs revealed mixed support for our hypotheses. While a negative relationship was found between entrepreneur age and performance for those developing “innovative” ventures, no relationship was found between entrepreneur age and performance for those developing “imitative” ventures.

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Prasad, K.V., Ehrhardt, K., Liu, Y. and Tiwari, K. (2015), "Examining the age‐performance relationship for entrepreneurs: Does the innovativeness of a venture make a difference?", New England Journal of Entrepreneurship, Vol. 18 No. 1, pp. 41-57. https://doi.org/10.1108/NEJE-18-01-2015-B003

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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