Research Handbook on Entrepreneurial Teams
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Research Handbook on Entrepreneurial Teams

Theory and Practice

Edited by Cyrine Ben-Hafaïedh and Thomas M. Cooney

This book reinforces the value and importance of entrepreneurial teams within the entrepreneurship literature. The expert group of contributors identifies and develops various key areas of research on entrepreneurship teams and suggests the way ahead for future research in the area. The contributors expand on the existing literature on entrepreneurial teams by first revisiting the most recent framework applied to entrepreneurial teams (that is the Inputs-Mediators-Outputs-Inputs model) and then advancing our understanding of issues such as formation, structuring, deep-level diversity and emergent states. The book additionally considers different contexts of application with reference to their commonalities and specificities and investigates under-researched areas such as entrepreneurial teams within indigenous communities, ethnically diverse groups and women entrepreneurs. The contributors present practice-relevant research and offer researchers a platform from which they can explore new insights into the phenomenon of entrepreneurial teams.
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Chapter 7: How owner-manager team size influences the potential economic contribution of owner-managed businesses

Jonathan Levie and Johan P. de Borst


This study examines the relationship between team size and the potential economic contribution of early-stage and established businesses across 89 countries of the world, using data from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) collected between 2003 and 2012. Team size is measured by the number of owner-managers in the business. Potential economic contribution is measured in a variety of ways, including growth expectation, export propensity, export intensity and product/market innovation. The main findings are that the knowledge intensity of an owner-manager’s business, and the owner-manager’s education level, enhance the positive effect of the size of the owner-manager’s team on the potential economic contribution of their business.

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