Title: Are youth really different? New beliefs for old practices in entrepreneurship

Authors: Tommaso Minola; Giuseppe Criaco; Lucio Cassia

Addresses: CYFE – Center for Young and Family Enterprise and Department of Engineering, University of Bergamo, Viale Pasubio 7b, 24044 Dalmine (BG), Italy ' Centre for Family Enterprise and Ownership (CeFEO), Department of Entrepreneurship, Strategy, Organization and Leadership, Jönköping International Business School, P.O. Box 1026, SE-551 11, Jönköping, Sweden; Department of Business Economics & Administration, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Cerdanyola del Vallès, Barcelona, Spain ' CYFE – Center for Young and Family Enterprise and Department of Engineering, University of Bergamo, Viale Pasubio 7b, 24044 Dalmine (BG), Italy

Abstract: This article reviews and systematises prior studies focusing on the differences between young and old people in entrepreneurship. This study highlights that the young are different in several areas: accumulation of resources and skills; psychological, cognitive and motivational attributes; and reaction to influences from the environment, culture and norms. This article provides guidance about promising avenues for future research and encourages policy attention for the field of youth entrepreneurship.

Keywords: youth entrepreneurship; age; entrepreneurship policies; young entrepreneurs; enterprising individuals.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEIM.2014.062881

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, 2014 Vol.18 No.2/3, pp.233 - 259

Available online: 25 Jun 2014 *

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