A Joint Programme of Friedrich Schiller University and the Max Planck Institute of Economics, Jena
Stützer 2012

Do balanced skills help nascent entrepreneurs to make progress in the venture creation process?

We analyze longitudinal data on innovative start-up projects and apply Lazear’s jack-of-all-trades theory to investigate the effect of nascent entrepreneurs’ balanced skills on their progress in the venture creation process. Our results suggest that those nascent entrepreneurs who exhibit a sufficiently broad set of skills undertake more gestation activities towards an operational new venture. This supports the notion that a balanced skill set is an important determinant of entrepreneurial market entry. Access full article.