Plunging into the sea, again? A study of serial entrepreneurship in China

  • Li S
  • Schulze W
  • Li Z
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Abstract

While it stands to reason that serial entrepreneurs—individuals who have founded more than one new venture—should achieve higher levels of success than novices, to date researchers have found little support for this proposition. Is this rather perplexing result only limited to the developed countries in which most research has been conducted? Or is it indicative of a general phenomenon, and hence requesting the need for new theory? We explore these questions by testing the existing theory in two geographic regions in a rapidly emerging transition economy—China. Data from 440 Chinese entrepreneurial ventures suggest that experienced entrepreneurs are better at developing networks, and at managing organizations than novices, but like their counterparts in developed countries, do not necessarily achieve higher levels of venture performance. Implications for theory, as well as for entrepreneurship in the context of transition economies are addressed. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

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  • China venture
  • Performance
  • Serial entrepreneur

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Authors

  • Sali Li

  • William Schulze

  • Zhineng Li

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