Small Business Economics

, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 117–125 | Cite as

Entrepreneurial characteristics and the size of the new firm: A model and an econometric test

  • R. J. Barkham


This paper examines entrepreneurial influences on the size of the new firm. Theory and previous empirical research indicate that the entrepreneurial attributes most likely to influence the characteristics and performance of new firms are motivation, workskills and information. The results of a regression analysis confirm these hypotheses when turnover and total assets are the dependent variables but are less conclusive when employment is the dependent variable. Possibly the most interesting finding is that the entrepreneurs who create the most jobs are those who are highly motivated, have managerial skills and whose firms are in the manufacturing sector.


Regression Analysis Empirical Research Total Asset Industrial Organization Manufacturing Sector 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. J. Barkham
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  1. 1.Department of Land Management and DevelopmentFaculty of Urban and Regional Studies, WhiteknightsReading

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