Traditions of Self-Employment and the Entrepreneurial Personality Profile of the Population

  • Michael Fritsch
  • Michael Wyrwich
Part of the International Studies in Entrepreneurship book series (ISEN, volume 40)


We investigate the relationship between a regional tradition of entrepreneurship and the personality profile of the regional population. Based on the Big Five approach of assessing someone’s personality structure we construct an entrepreneurial personality profile. We find a significant relationship between the historical level of self-employment in a region and the presence of people with an entrepreneurial personality profile today. This supports the notion of persistent regional entrepreneurship as an indicator of regional entrepreneurship culture. A pronounced regional culture of entrepreneurship is correlated not only with higher levels of new business formation today, but also with higher levels of innovation activity in terms of patents per population in working age.


Entrepreneurship Self-employment New business formation Personality traits Culture Innovation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Fritsch
    • 1
  • Michael Wyrwich
    • 2
  1. 1.Friedrich Schiller University JenaJenaGermany
  2. 2.University of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands

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