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Entrepreneurship and self-employment for mature-aged people


Maritz, A and Eager, B and De Klerk, S, Entrepreneurship and self-employment for mature-aged people, Australian Journal of Career Development, 30, (1) pp. 3-14. ISSN 2200-6974 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/1038416220978971


Not only do Australian mature-aged entrepreneurs contribute $11.9 billion per annum to the Australian economy in over 379,000 businesses, they launch approximately 14,000 new businesses each year and actively contribute to fiscal, social, health, and active ageing outcomes in their communities. Thirty-four per cent of all young businesses in Australia are now led by mature-aged entrepreneurs, identifying mature-aged entrepreneurship as the fastest growing sector of entrepreneurship. This study is the first of its kind to examine mature-aged entrepreneurship in Australia using five pragmatic and embedded case-study examples. Aligning to Cartensenís sociomotional selection theory, we adopted an interpretivist philosphical framework of emergent enquiry action research. The paper includes benefits and challenges associated with mature-aged entrepreneurship, including contextual and theoretical foundations. We provide policy and research recommendations to enhance the development of a dedicated entrepreneurial ecosystem for matureaged people.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:entrepreneurship, ageing, self-employment, senior entrepreneurship
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Strategy, management and organisational behaviour
Research Field:Entrepreneurship
Objective Division:Commercial Services and Tourism
Objective Group:Property, business support services and trade
Objective Field:Property, business support services and trade not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Eager, B (Dr Bronwyn Eager)
ID Code:143583
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Management
Deposited On:2021-03-25
Last Modified:2021-05-24

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