Synergizing intergenerational entrepreneurship


Theorists and policymakers have traditionally viewed increasing numbers of unemployed youth and retirees as a disastrous onus wreaking economic havoc, draining government resources, and bankrupting financial reserves. In contrast, contemporary theorists focus on the potential of young entrepreneurs and individuals over the age of 50 as economic and social assets and advocate aggressive strategies to promote intergenerational entrepreneurship. Synergizing intergenerational entrepreneurship transforms challenges into positive opportunities that benefit youth, seniors, and the global community. Analysts confirm the importance of developing reliable data on the diverse paths to entrepreneurial success to stimulate development of potential young and senior entrepreneurs. The purpose of this conceptual study is to review innovative approaches to synergizing intergenerational entrepreneurs, propose a research model, and delineate propositions on interventions that may optimize success.

This publication has been peer reviewed.
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Journal Article
Underdahl, L., Leach, R.G., Knight, M.,& Heuss, R
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Journal, Book, Magazine or Other Publication Title: 
International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing. Special Issue on “Scaling Entrepreneurial Impact (peer review).
Interscience Publishers
Place Published: 
Geneve Switzerland
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