The Performance of Team Start-Ups in the First Phases of the Life Course
17 Pages Posted: 21 Dec 2004
Date Written: 29 2004, 10
This article describes the benefits and pitfalls of starting a firm with an entrepreneurial team, drawing on a longitudinal empirical analysis of the life course of 90 team start-ups and 1196 solo start-ups in the Netherlands. In the first three years of their existence, team start-ups perform better than solo start-ups on several success indicators. However, after this start phase, entrepreneurial teams face particular problems in realizing further growth. These team-specific bottlenecks can even threaten firm survival. In later life course phases we found a clear distinction between entrepreneurial teams with stagnating growth and teams that succeeded in solving these problems and went on to realize further growth.
Keywords: Entrepreneurial teams, start-ups, firm growth, life course analysis
JEL Classification: M, M13, O32
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