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A Garage and an Idea: What More Does an Entrepreneur Need?

Posted: 9 Nov 2009  

Pino G. Audia

Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth

Christopher I. Rider

Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business

Date Written: 2005

Abstract

There exists a common belief that entrepreneurs commonly start businesses in garages (or basements or dorm rooms or kitchens).The garage entrepreneur is a highly popular contemporary legend, but not quite accurate. An emergent notion in academic research is that entrepreneurs are often organizational products. They typically acquire confidence, business knowledge, and social connections via prior experience at existing organizations. These psychological and social resources aid entrepreneurs informing companies. Although the belief of the garage entrepreneur contributes to the preservation of the American ideals of opportunity and upward social mobility, it offers misleading insights to would-be entrepreneurs because it suggests an under socialized view of the entrepreneurial process. Individuals, companies, policy makers, and business schools will benefit from recasting the garage as a contemporary legend and focusing instead on the lessons that can be derived from an understanding of entrepreneurs as organizational products.(Publication Abstract)

Keywords: Startup process, Entrepreneurship research, Individualism, Stories, High technology firms, Startups, Silicon Valley, Self-efficacy, Individual traits, Social capital, Social networks, Work experience, Organizational behavior, Organizational cultures, Resource acquisition, Social factors

Suggested Citation

Audia, Pino G. and Rider, Christopher I., A Garage and an Idea: What More Does an Entrepreneur Need? (2005). University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership Historical Research Reference in Entrepreneurship. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1501554

Pino G. Audia

Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth ( email )

Hanover, NH 03755
United States

Christopher I. Rider

Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business ( email )

3700 O Street, NW
Washington, DC 20057
United States

HOME PAGE: http://chrisrider.info/

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