Research

Some of the research projects undertaken by academics associated with the EDRC.

Professor Francis Greene

  • How valuable is prior entrepreneurial experience in understanding venture outcomes: does prior success breed success and does failure breed success? Such research is important because policy makers and other stakeholders are interested in how prior success and failure in business influences subsequent outcomes.
  • Birth order effects on self-employment outcomes. Are first borns, middle borns or latter borns more likely to be self-employed? This is important because family businesses often face business succession issues and research is designed if primogeniture (business succession by first born sons) is really the way forward for family businesses.
  • Testosterone and entrepreneurship. Do hormones like testosterone have any impact on entrepreneurial outcomes such as setting up a business or growing a business? Is there a genetic basis to entrepreneurship? If you are an active entrepreneur and interested in this area, please do get in touch.
  • Relationship between business planning and venture outcomes. Business schools teach business planning to people setting up a new business. Should they? Are people better off ‘just doing it’? This is important because so many people set up a business and need evidence to show if, indeed, it works. It is also an important public policy question because all governments invest considerable resources in supporting new start ups.
  • How should governments support small businesses and entrepreneurs? This is important because governments face choices in how they decide to support small firms and entrepreneurs, either at the start up or growth stage or by financial or training assistance.
  • Youth and graduate entrepreneurship. Europe is still faced with a youth unemployment crisis. What can entrepreneurship do to support alleviate this critical issue by developing the entrepreneurial capabilities and capacities amongst young people?

Associated projects