DO OPENNESS TO EXPERIENCE AND RECOGNIZING OPPORTUNITIES HAVE THE SAME GENETIC SOURCE?

Scott Shane, Nicos Nicolaou, Lynn Cherkas, Tim D. Spector

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Abstract

Recognizing opportunities for new businesses is an important part of the entrepreneurial process, one that researchers seek to explain and human resource managers seek to encourage. In this study, we examined whether the same genetic factors that affect openness to experience also influence recognizing opportunities. We applied bivariate genetics techniques to a sample of twins and found that a substantial part of the heritability of recognizing opportunities is mediated through genetic influences on openness to experience. Evidence of genetic effects on opportunity recognition has important implications for how companies might think about selection and training and raises important ethical issues in human resource management. (C) 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)291 - 303
Number of pages13
JournalHUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
Volume49
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010

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