Why are Some Entrepreneurs More Innovative than Others?

40 Pages Posted: 14 May 2007

Date Written: April 11, 2007


The study provides theoretical insights and empirical evidence on the emergence of different types and degrees of entrepreneurial innovativeness. The results suggest that entrepreneurial innovativeness depends both on individual factors and on the environment in which the individual lives. In particular, high educational attainment and a high degree of self-confidence are significantly associated with entrepreneurial innovativeness at the individual level. Furthermore, entrepreneurs in highly developed countries are more likely to engage in innovative rather than purely imitative activities. The results also show that product, process, and variety innovations have at least to some extent different antecedents.

Keywords: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Business opportunities

Suggested Citation

Koellinger, Philipp, Why are Some Entrepreneurs More Innovative than Others? (April 11, 2007). ERIM Report Series Reference No. ERS-2007-024-ORG. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=981298

Philipp Koellinger (Contact Author)

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam ( email )

De Boelelaan 1105
Amsterdam, ND North Holland 1081 HV

HOME PAGE: http://www.philipp-koellinger.com

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