Author Identifier

Andrei Lux

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3454-946X

Flavio Macau

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9205-8132

Kerry Brown

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9209-8046

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior and Research

Publisher

Emerald

School

School of Business and Law

RAS ID

31827

Funders

Edith Cowan University - Open Access Support Scheme

Comments

Lux, A.A., Macau, F.R., & Brown, K.A. (2020). Putting the entrepreneur back into entrepreneurial ecosystems. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research. Advanced online publication.

https://doi.org/10.1108/IJEBR-01-2020-0031

Abstract

Purpose

This paper extends entrepreneurial ecosystems theory by testing how aspects of the local business environment affect individual entrepreneurs' ability to translate their personal resources into firm performance.

Design/methodology/approach

Data were collected from 223 business owners across Australia. Moderation hypotheses were tested using multiple hierarchical regression and confirmed with the Preacher and Hayes (2004) bootstrapping method.

Findings

The results show that business owners' psychological capital, social capital and entrepreneurial education directly affect their individual firm performance. These positive relations are moderated by specific aspects of the business environment, such that they are stronger when the environment is more favorable.

Originality/value

This study puts individual business owners back into entrepreneurial ecosystems theory and explains how they can make the most of their personal resources, suggesting a complex interplay where one size does not fit all. Far-reaching practical implications for policymakers are discussed.

DOI

10.1108/IJEBR-01-2020-0031

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