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Towards a qualitative understanding of human capital in entrepreneurship research

Towards a qualitative understanding of human capital in entrepreneurship research PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to revisit the conceptualization and measurement of human capital in entrepreneurship research.Design/methodology/approachBy contrasting reflective and formative conceptions, it shows that human capital is more appropriately seen as defined and formed by its indicators (education, work experience, entrepreneurial experience, industry experience, and managerial experience). It, then, explores the configurations of these indicators in a qualitative comparative analysis framework based on Boolean algebra and fuzzy-set methodology. It derives an empirical typology of the human capital of nascent entrepreneurs, based on two primary combinations of indicators.FindingsThe paper shows that the relationship between human capital and venture emergence is best represented as multiple, conjectural causation, i.e. human capital matters through certain combinations of its indicators.Originality/valueThe discussion and results offer novel and valuable insights into entrepreneurship researchers for the conceptualization and use of human capital constructs. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior and Research Emerald Publishing

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
1355-2554
DOI
10.1108/IJEBR-01-2016-0016
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Abstract

PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to revisit the conceptualization and measurement of human capital in entrepreneurship research.Design/methodology/approachBy contrasting reflective and formative conceptions, it shows that human capital is more appropriately seen as defined and formed by its indicators (education, work experience, entrepreneurial experience, industry experience, and managerial experience). It, then, explores the configurations of these indicators in a qualitative comparative analysis framework based on Boolean algebra and fuzzy-set methodology. It derives an empirical typology of the human capital of nascent entrepreneurs, based on two primary combinations of indicators.FindingsThe paper shows that the relationship between human capital and venture emergence is best represented as multiple, conjectural causation, i.e. human capital matters through certain combinations of its indicators.Originality/valueThe discussion and results offer novel and valuable insights into entrepreneurship researchers for the conceptualization and use of human capital constructs.

Journal

International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior and ResearchEmerald Publishing

Published: Mar 13, 2017

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