Entrepreneurship and team participation:An experimental study

Cooper, D.J. and Saral, K.J. (2013) Entrepreneurship and team participation:An experimental study. European Economic Review, 59. pp. 126-140. ISSN 0014-2921

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Abstract

Entrepreneurs are surprisingly unlikely to have partners. One possible explanation for this is that entrepreneurs have distinctive preferences for working alone rather than in teams. However, a number of alternative explanations exist, such as an inability to locate suitable partners or low profitability from having a partner. Utilizing a diverse subject population with a high proportion of active entrepreneurs, we use a team production experiment to directly examine whether entrepreneurs prefer to work alone or in a team. The experiment also measures an important determinant of entrepreneurs' performances within teams, and their relative tendency to free-ride. The data indicate that entrepreneurs, while no more likely to free-ride on their teammates, are substantially more interested in working alone than similar non-entrepreneurs.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: artefactual field experiment,entrepreneurship,teams
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Economics
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2013 14:30
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2020 22:11
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/44403
DOI: 10.1016/j.euroecorev.2013.01.003

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