IRS Alexander Speil


Wednesday, 3 December 2014, 2pm, TIM Social Area

  Alexander Speil

Entrepreneurial activities analysis and intergenerational transmission of self-employment

The first study covers an empirical analysis of entrepreneurial activity structures employing graph theory. A combination of both P.S.E.D panel-data-sets provides detailed information regarding entrepreneurial traits and activities. The latter have been restructured into a nonseduential activity graph, which allows for computation of key measures such as betweenness-centrality. Applying Cox survivability and multistage regression analysis yields detailed insights into activity concentration, timing and failure. Furthermore, these measures can be interpreted in a goal setting framework. In this sense I examine milestones, hurdles and individual activity focus.The aim of the study is to find patterns for different entrepreneur types, to give reasons for success or/and failure and to provide recommendations for action dependent on entrepreneurial characteristics.

In the second study Dana Minarikova and I discuss transmission of entrepreneurial intentions via parental role modeling. Ample research has been done regarding factors contributing to entrepreneurial propensity. Although a significant link between employment status of parents and children has been established, the mechanism behind it remains unclear. We examine how the parent-child relationship as well as moderating or substitution by a partner affects the transmission of intensions. Methodologically we use structural equation modeling based on the German Socio-Economic Panel dataset for our analysis.

Alexander Speil