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Type Working Paper
Scope Discipline-based scholarship
Title The impact of balanced skills, working time allocation and peer effects on the entrepreneurial intentions of scientists
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  • Petra Moog
  • Arndt Werner
  • Stefan Houweling
  • Uschi Backes-Gellner
  • English
Institution University of Zurich
Series Name UZH Business Working Paper
Number 325
Number of Pages 32
Date 2012
Abstract Text To date, little is known about the effects of the composition of skills on academic entrepreneurship. Therefore, in this paper, following Lazear’s (2005) jack-of-all-trades approach, we study how his or her composition of skills affects a scientist’s intention of becoming an entrepreneur. Extending Lazear, we examine how the effect of balanced entrepreneurial skills is moderated by a balanced working time allocations and peer effects. Using unique data collected from 480 life sciences researchers, we provide the first evidence that scientists with more balanced skills are more likely to have higher entrepreneurial intentions, particularly when they are in contact with entrepreneurial peers. Furthermore, we find even higher entrepreneurial intentions when balanced skill sets are combined with balanced working time allocations. Thus, to encourage the entrepreneurial intentions of life scientists, one has to ensure that they are exposed to diverse work experiences, have balanced working time allocations across different activities and work with entrepreneurial peers; i.e., collaborating with colleagues or academic scientists who have started new ventures in the past is important.
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