Title: Student entrepreneurship, creativity and success. How much does knowledge heterogeneity really matter?

Authors: Manlio Del Giudice; Maria Rosaria Della Peruta; Veronica Scuotto

Addresses: ESG Management School, 25 Rue Saint-Ambroise, 75011, Paris, France ' Second University of Naples, Corso Gran Priorato di Malta, 81043, Capua, Italy ' Faculty of Business Creative Industries, Business School, University of West of Scotland, Paisley Campus, Paisley, PA1 2BE, Scotland, UK

Abstract: The present research points out to investigate how knowledge heterogeneity benefits creativity and innovation of student entrepreneurs. Some authors stressed that the knowledge and social networks are fundamental elements to generate new ideas and inspire future entrepreneurs. Having analysed the data extracted by Kelley et al. (2012) on 300 Master students joining economics and biotech faculties in Europe, through the application of structural equation modelling by using IBM SPSS Amos, we confirmed the importance of social network so as to acquire efficiently new knowledge and to improve innovation performance.

Keywords: student entrepreneurship; innovation performance; knowledge heterogeneity; personal psychologies; creativity; success; economics education; biotechnology education; structural equation modelling; SEM; social networks.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEIM.2014.062789

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, 2014 Vol.18 No.1, pp.45 - 58

Received: 23 Dec 2012
Accepted: 04 Jan 2014

Published online: 16 Jun 2014 *

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