Quotation Hatak, Isabella, Harms, Rainer, Fink, Matthias. 2015. Age, Job Identification, and Entrepreneurial Intention. Journal of Managerial Psychology 30 (1), 38-53.




Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to examine how age and job identification affect entrepreneurial intention. Design/methodology/approach: The researchers draw on a representative sample of the Austrian adult workforce and apply binary logistic regression on entrepreneurial intention. Findings: The findings reveal that as employees age they are less inclined to act entrepreneurially, and that their entrepreneurial intention is lower the more they identify with their job. Whereas gender, education, and previous entrepreneurial experience matter, leadership and having entrepreneurial parents seem to have no impact on the entrepreneurial intention of employees. Research implications: Implications relate to a contingency perspective on entrepreneurial intention where the impact of age is exacerbated by stronger identification with the job. Practical implications: Practical implications include the need to account for different motivational backgrounds when addressing entrepreneurial employees of different ages. Societal implications include the need to adopt an age perspective to foster entrepreneurial intentions within established organizations. Originality/value: While the study corroborates and extends findings from entrepreneurial intention research, it contributes new empirical insights to the age and job - dependent contingency perspective on entrepreneurial intention. (authors' abstract)


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Journal of Managerial Psychology
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new STRAT-B, WH-B
Language English
Title Age, Job Identification, and Entrepreneurial Intention
Volume 30
Number 1
Year 2015
Page from 38
Page to 53
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/JMP-07-2014-0213


Hatak, Isabella (Former researcher)
Fink, Matthias (Former researcher)
Harms, Rainer (University of Twente, Netherlands)
Institute for Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship IN (Details)
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