Title: Economic and financial system dynamics in the relationship between entrepreneurial risk perception and the decision-making process of Greek investors

Authors: George S. Parikakis, Andreas Merikas, George S. Vozikis

Addresses: University of the Aegean, 8 Michalon Street, Chios 82100, Greece. ' Department of Shipping, University of Piraeus, 80 Karaoli and Dimitriou Street, Piraeus 18534, Greece. ' Edward Reighard Chair of Management, Department of Management, Craig School of Business, California State University, 5245 N. Backer, M/S PB7 Fresno, CA 93740-8001, USA

Abstract: The levels of economic development in Greece along with other country specific institutional factors have been responsible for the decline on investment projects. Contrary to the conventional theory, this paper argues that perception of entrepreneurial risk is closely related to the leverage undertaken by an investment project. Our analysis suggests that entrepreneurial risk perception can be adequately understood, only if it is conceptualised as a multidimensional concept in specific financial dynamics. Also, jobs subsidised during the investment period have an adverse impact on investor|s risk perception. These findings bear economic implications for economies that experience accelerated unemployment rates.

Keywords: business system dynamics; entrepreneurship; risk management; decision making; economic development policy; financial system dynamics; risk perception; Greece; unemployment rates.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBSR.2007.016419

International Journal of Business and Systems Research, 2007 Vol.1 No.4, pp.381 - 401

Published online: 28 Dec 2007 *

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