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The social status of entrepreneurs: contrasting German perspectives.

Kalden, Jan Niklas; Cunningham, James; Anderson, Alistair R.

Authors

Jan Niklas Kalden

James Cunningham

Alistair R. Anderson

Abstract

The German economy is praised for its stability, creating a seemingly strong economic environment in which entrepreneurship should thrive. Our research problem is that, in spite of the strong economy, new venture creation rates are substantially lower than in other comparable economies. We employ a social constructivist approach and find that the way entrepreneurs are valued offers an explanation for this apparent inconsistency. We found strong evidence that, far from the heroic figure often attributed to entrepreneurs, German entrepreneurial identity is characterized as reckless and not sufficiently serious. Our findings have implications for understanding entrepreneurship as a career choice in Germany. More broadly, they show nuanced national differences in meaning and applications of enterprise cultures.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date May 31, 2017
Journal International journal of entrepreneurship and innovation
Print ISSN 1465-7503
Electronic ISSN 2043-6882
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 18
Issue 2
Pages 91-104
Institution Citation KALDEN, J.N., CUNNINGHAM, J. and ANDERSON, A.R. 2017. The social status of entrepreneurs: contrasting German perspectives. International journal of entrepreneurship and innovation [online], 18(2), pages 91-104. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1177/1465750317706439
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1465750317706439
Keywords Entrepreneurs; Germany; Identity; Social construction; Status

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