Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusvent.2010.05.002
Title: Focus on opportunities as a mediator of the relationship between business owners' age and venture growth
Authors: Gielnik, M.M.
Zacher, H.
Frese, M. 
Keywords: Age
Focus on opportunities
Lifespan
Mental health
Venture growth
Issue Date: 2012
Citation: Gielnik, M.M., Zacher, H., Frese, M. (2012). Focus on opportunities as a mediator of the relationship between business owners' age and venture growth. Journal of Business Venturing 27 (1) : 127-142. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusvent.2010.05.002
Abstract: Combining upper echelons and lifespan theories, we investigated the mediating effect of focus on opportunities on the negative relationship between business owners' age and venture growth. We also expected that mental health moderates the negative relationship between business owners' age and focus on opportunities. Path analytic findings based on data from 84 business owners (mean age = 44, range 24-74) supported these hypotheses. Findings suggest that focus on opportunities is a psychological mechanism that links business owners' age with venture growth. Our findings also indicate that mental health helps maintain a high level of focus on opportunities with increasing age. © 2010 Elsevier Inc.
Source Title: Journal of Business Venturing
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/44592
ISSN: 08839026
DOI: 10.1016/j.jbusvent.2010.05.002
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