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The good, the bad and the uncertain : Employers' perceptions of former entrepreneurs

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Küsshauer, Alexander ; Baum, Matthias:
The good, the bad and the uncertain : Employers' perceptions of former entrepreneurs.
In: Journal of Business Venturing. Vol. 38 (March 2023) Issue 2 . - 106270.
ISSN 0883-9026

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Do employers perceive former entrepreneurs as suitable candidates for paid employment? We argue that (positive and negative) stereotypes and uncertainty drive employability perceptions regarding former entrepreneurs; these perceptions are contingent upon job type and the background of both the applicant and the person evaluating them. Two empirical studies yield broad support for our predictions. In Study 1 (a vignette study), we find lower employability perceptions regarding former entrepreneurs compared to other applicants, which are significantly mediated by positive and negative stereotypes as well as uncertainty perceptions. In Study 2 (conjoint experiments with two separate samples: recruiters and executives), we substantiate the results of Study 1, revealing that when former entrepreneurs apply for a job involving personnel responsibility or when there is evidence of a failure in their vita, they are less likely to face devaluations. Further, we find evidence for similarity effects; more specifically, entrepreneurs do not suffer from employability devaluation when the recruiter is a part-time entrepreneur or the executive is the business owner. We discuss the implications as part of the employability debate about former entrepreneurs.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Entrepreneurial careers; paid employment; stereotypes; uncertainty; personnel responsibility; failure; similarity
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration > Chair Business Administration XVI > Chair Business Administration XVI - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Matthias Baum
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 330 Economics
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2023 07:42
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2023 07:42