The impact of entrepreneur eductional attainment and professional experience on the the innovation activity of SMEs: the case of the Wielkopolska region

Hanna Mizgajska , Łukasz Wściubiak


The article attempts to assess the impact of entrepreneurs' education and professional experience on the innovation activity of the companies they run. Its authors relied on the findings of their own survey, dating back to 2014, covering 54 SMEs based in the Polish region of Wielkopolska. The study concentrated on vari- ous aspects of the companies' innovation as pursued in 2011-2013. The authors assumed that SME innovation is a function of entrepreneur competencies, which in turn depend on their formal educational attainment, experience acquired while working in the overall R&D sector and the extent to which they benefited from advisory services offered by business-support institutions. In the course of their research, the authors fully proved the hypothesis concerning entrepreneurs' formal education and partially supported the remaining ones (with respect to some of the innovation criteria adopted for the study). They established a direct link between professional experience in the R&D sector and the use of advisory services on the one hand and the originality of product innovations on the other. A similar relationship has been discovered between the training of business proprietors and the number of process innovations generated by their organizations.
Author Hanna Mizgajska
Hanna Mizgajska,,
, Łukasz Wściubiak (WZ / KZAZP)
Łukasz Wściubiak,,
Journal seriesStudia Oeconomica Posnaniensia, ISSN 2300-5254, e-ISSN 2449-9099, (B 10 pkt)
Issue year2016
Publication size in sheets0.75
Keywords in Englishentrepreneur competence, innovation, small and medium-sized companies, traditional industries
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)10
Score sourcejournalList
ScoreMinisterial score = 10.0, 13-12-2019, ArticleFromJournal
Ministerial score (2013-2016) = 10.0, 13-12-2019, ArticleFromJournal
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