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WALSH, JS,ANDERSON, PH;
1995
July
Small
OWNER-MANAGER ADAPTION-INNOVATION PREFERENCE AND EMPLOYMENT PERFORMANCE - A COMPARISON OF FOUNDERS AND NON-FOUNDERS IN THE IRISH SMALL FIRM SECTOR
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ENTREPRENEURS
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This article focuses on the confluence of four issues: (1) the employment problem in Ireland; (2) the key role of the indigenous small firm in providing employment; (3) the crucial role of the owner-manager in directing the small firm; and (4) the divergence of small firm employment performance between ''entrepreneurial'' firms and ''continuing'' enterprises, In order to investigate this last issue, a comparison of founders and non-founders of Irish small firms was conducted. The questions explored are: (1) do the individuals who establish a small business differ from those who continue on the management of a previously established business; and (2) do these differences affect the employment performance of the firm? The Kirton Adaption-Innovation Inventory (a measure of cognitive style preferences) was used to determine whether the entrepreneur's innovative or adaptive decision-making preference provides one critical link between the firm's environment and its employment performance.
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