Title: Entrepreneurial versatility, resources and firm performance in Russia: a panel study

Authors: Bat Batjargal

Addresses: Harvard University, Davis Center, 625 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA

Abstract: Drawing on the resource-based view, I examine effects of human-based resources of entrepreneurs, namely, entrepreneurial versatility, social capital, and human capital on a firm|s performance in the context of a large transition economy – the Russian Federation. The empirical data comprise face-to-face interviews with 75 Russian entrepreneurs in 1995, and follow-up interviews with 56 original respondents in 1999. I found that industry experience and entrepreneurial versatility, defined as an ability to predict resource needs, have positive impacts on a firm|s revenue growth.

Keywords: entrepreneurial versatility; social capital; human capital; revenue growth; Russia; business performance; organisational performance; entrepreneurship; economic transition; transition economies.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEIM.2005.006530

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, 2005 Vol.5 No.3/4, pp.284 - 297

Published online: 20 Mar 2005 *

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