Entrepreneurship and paths to business ownership
Article first published online: 8 NOV 2006
Copyright © 1986 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Strategic Management Journal
Volume 7, Issue 1, pages 53–68, January/February 1986
How to Cite
Cooper, A. C. and Dunkelberg, W. C. (1986), Entrepreneurship and paths to business ownership. Strat. Mgmt. J., 7: 53–68. doi: 10.1002/smj.4250070106
- Issue published online: 8 NOV 2006
- Article first published online: 8 NOV 2006
- Manuscript Revised: 25 JUL 1984
- Manuscript Received: 26 MAR 1984
Alternative paths to ownership are examined, including starting, purchasing or inheriting a firm, as well as being promoted or brought in by existing owners. It is hypothesized that these involve different ‘degrees of entrepreneurship’, which will be reflected in the profiles of owner-managers who have followed each path. Data on 1756 owner-managers are used to test hypotheses relating path to ownership to: the entrepreneurs' background characteristics; motivations and attitudes; and previous careers, incubator organizations and processes of starting.