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EEE Seminar: Isabella Hatak (St. Gallen)
Start Date: 5/1/2019Start Time: 2:00 PM
End Date: 5/1/2019End Time: 3:30 PM
Event Description:

Isabella Hatak is Professor of SME Management at the Swiss Research Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. She is also affiliated with the Netherlands Research Institute for Knowledge-Intensive Entrepreneurship at the University of Twente, Netherlands. In her research she focuses on the value-creating behavior of the individual entrepreneur and the influences such as mental health and emotions upon that behavior along the entrepreneurship process. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Business Ethics, Family Business Review, International Small Business Journal, Journal of Small Business Management, Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, Journal of Managerial Psychology, Technological Forecasting & Social Change, and Journal of Economic Psychology, among others. She currently reviews on the boards of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, International Small Business Journal and Journal of Small Business Management, and regularly acts as a reviewer for journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Business Venturing, among others. 


Title: Health, Well-Being & Entrepreneurship


Entrepreneurship research on health has outlined its positive effects on entrepreneurial success, but still little is known about its interdependent effects. Although research has integrated the family sphere into the literature on entrepreneurial success, it tends to overlook how the health of both entrepreneurs and their spouse serves as human capital and jointly influences outcomes in entrepreneurship. We advance research on the role of health as human capital by combining human capital theory with a family embeddedness perspective on entrepreneurship to investigate dyadic health effects. Applying a series of Actor-Partner Interdependence Models on seven consecutive waves of survey data, we demonstrate that strong mental and physical health among entrepreneurs leads to higher levels of monetary and non-monetary entrepreneurial success. Alongside the impact of entrepreneurs themselves being in good health, entrepreneurs’ (non-)monetary success increases when their spouse is (mentally and) physically healthy. Importantly, the empirical consideration of the entrepreneur’s biological sex, education, and status (i.e., being an employer entrepreneur versus being solo self-employed) challenge the implicit assumption that a greater investment in health always results in superior economic benefits. We conclude that spousal health constitutes an important extension of the entrepreneurs’ human capital, in addition to suggesting substitution effects for different types of entrepreneurial human capital, which has important implications for entrepreneurs and their families.

Location Information:
Syracuse University - Whitman School of Management  (View Map)
721 University Ave
Syracuse, NY 13244
Phone: (315) 443-3751
Room: Whitman 525

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