Sobre aquest blocWelcome to CEO Research Group blog. We are an interdisciplinary research group dedicated to unraveling which are the competencies that foster entrepreneurship and how can they be used most productively in the labor market. Our aim is produce high quality, internationally competitive knowledge in the field of entrepreneurship.
Dr. Aleksander Kucel Alek is PhD in political and social sciences by Universitat Pompeu Fabra and holds a position of professor of applied economics at Maresme University College. His major research interests focus on intergenerational mobility and social inequality. Specifically he is an expert on education-job mismatches and has published mainly on this topic. Alek currently leads the CEO Research Group.
Dr. Núria Masferrer Llabinés Núria Masferrer Llabinés is PhD in economics by Universitat de Barcelona. Núria is a Dean of Business Studies at Maresme University College. She has published, among others, mainly on financial stocks modeling, firm’s finance and financial economics. Her recent research concentrates on financial aspects of skills usage in the company and particularly on entrepreneurial skills match to jobs.
Màrian Buil Fabregà Màrian Buil holds a Bachelor degree in economics by Universitat de Barcelona. Màrian is currently completing her PhD dissertation on the phenomenon of entrepreneurial skills creation with special attention to labor market application of these skills. She is a Director of Master in Entrepreneurship at Maresme University College. Her teaching ranges from Business Organization through Innovation and Management. Màrian is also responsible for international relations of Maresme Unversity College.
Dr. Noemí Ruiz Munzón Noemí is a PhD in mathematics by Universitat Autonòma de Barcelona. Her doctoral dissertation concentrated on issues of didactics of algebra with special attention to anthropological view of students. Noemí has published various articles on didactics of algebra at secondary and tertiary levels and is an expert on quantitative skills acquisition.
Dr. Peter Robert Peter Robert is PhD in sociology by ELTE University. Senior research fellow at Institute for Political Science, HAS (Budapest) and a professor at Széchenyi István University in Gyor. Peter is also a senior researcher and program manager at TARKI Social Research Institute in Budapest. His research interests concentrate on social inequality, social capital and political trust and labor economics. Peter is an author and co-author of more than 30 scientific publications and leader and participant of various international research projects.
Ivette Fuentes Molina Ivette holds a bachelor degree in economics by Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana and master’s degree in Economic History by Universitat de Barcelona. Ivette is currently completing her PhD dissertation on the analysis of the businesses and entrepreneurs in Mexico and the effects on regional development. She is an associate lecturer at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, and she has published various articles about technological innovations and business organization.
Dr. Montserrat Vilalta-Bufí Montse holds a PhD degree in Economics from the International Doctorate in Economic Analysis at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. She is a lecturer of economics in the Department of Economic Theory at Universitat de Barcelona. Her research interests concentrate on labor economics, intergenerational mobility and economic growth.
Dr. Montse Vilalta-Ferrer Montse is PhD in Economics by Universitat Abat-Oliba and holds a position of Director of Maresme University College. Her research spans from efficiency of universities, through university-business linkages to female entrepreneurship. Currently her research agenda concentrates strictly on female entrepreneurship in comparative perspective.
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Yearly Archives: 2012
To enterprise or not to enterprise – that is a question when you get unemployed and cannot find quickly enough a new job. Voices rise in the literature on entrepreneurship questioning whether, those who enterprise because they need to earn money, could still be labeled as “entrepreneurs”.
Well, as always you may see the situation from various points of view.
Firstly, the orthodox researchers on entrepreneurship claim that “an entrepreneur” is one who decides to set up their own business from the pure need of pursuing a new venture without regard on the short-run economic gains. Such entrepreneurs act on the need of challenging the market and verifying whether their idea is economically feasible or not. Other, less fundamentalist view claims, that entrepreneurs may will to establish their own business for the need of improving the world through innovation. They do not seek a short-run compensation either. They may rather be regarded as “dreamers”.
Now, what about those, who pressed by need of economically sustaining their lives decide to open a small business, often becoming the sole employee in this business? Are they entrepreneurs? I think yes, because the end justifies the means here.
Let me give you a small example. Antonio becomes unemployed from his previous job which he held for almost a decade by now. Antonio decides to look for another job crawling daily through tones of adds online and in the newspapers. Months pass and Antonio gets no job. Then Antonio thinks, well, if I cannot get anything decent in the job market, I need to take things in my own hands. Antonio sets up a small shop specializing in gourmet products. Business goes slow at the beginning but Antonio trusts that one day it will speed up. After 6 months some “wealthy clients” happen to pop up in his shop. Antonio advises them on several products and they come back for more within one week. At the same time a word of mouth spreads among the friends of the “wealthy clients” that Antonio sells really nice goodies. More and more people come to his shop and business starts bringing considerable profits. As it turns out the first “wealthy clients” of Antonio reside in his little village only during summer time meanwhile the rest of the year the live and work in a big city nearby. The same applies to the friends of these clients. All these people urge Antonio to open another shop – this time in the big city nearby. They are willing to invest in setting it up. Antonio after a long sleepless night agrees. Some years later Antonio sells his national chain of gourmet shops employing 3000 people to a multinational and switches to exclusive porcelain market since his sister, a gifted decorator, just got unemployed.
Now a question arises – is Antonio an entrepreneur when he gets fired from his job as sales representative in a small firm selling vegetables to supermarkets? Or he becomes an entrepreneur when he decides to escalate his business and set up the shop in the city?
This example proves that the ultimate end of becoming successful, however, understood can make a person an entrepreneur. Surely enough, had Antonio never received the visit of “wealthy clients”, his small gourmet shop might even go out of business. But entrepreneurship is a risky activity, so even the smallest enterprises undertake risks. In fact, those who enterprise because they have to, often bear much higher weight of risk than, those who do it for challenge or thrill from innovating.
Ultimately, all self-employed act in order to maximize the benefits of their enterprises and this end justifies the reasons why they had started in the first place.
Youth unemployment has been plaguing European economies for some time by now. Policymakers have been striving to improve this situation through series of policies aimed at employment of young people. The present economic crisis, however, jeopardized all governments’ efforts rendering them futile when it comes to employment of, not only youth, but also large pools of economically active population. Unemployment peaks particularly high in Spain, but does not spare even the best performing countries like France of Germany. In light of this situation, policymakers look for new ways of untying the Gordian knot of unemployment. Right now all eyes are looking at entrepreneurship as a solution for persistent unemployment and source of economic growth.
However, several vitally important questions arise here: Will everybody intend to become an entrepreneur now? And consequently, what about those who will not establish their own companies, are they doomed to drop out of the labor force? Answers to these questions are not straightforward. Entrepreneurs comprise a small percentage of our societies. Self-employed individuals, who according to many researchers cannot be uniformly regarded as entrepreneurs are a minority group in all labor markets in Europe.
Notwithstanding, even if only a small group of individuals decide to establish their own enterprises, the rest still benefits from entrepreneurial skills. Alertness to new opportunities, ability to question one’s own ideas and ability to come up with new ideas are skills which can be effectively applied in many work setups may result very profitable for already existent organizations and workers. Opportunity-aware individuals, ready to undertake risks and willing to “think out of the box” are regarded as assets in many firms. Thus training such skills at university and perhaps also lower education levels makes sense from policymaker’s point of view. Research conducted within CEO Research Group demonstrates that entrepreneurial individuals are more prone to find adequate employment to their skills and even if they fail initially they are more likely to exit mismatch than their non-entrepreneurial peers. Entrepreneurial workers are thought also to be happier and healthier which makes them potentially more productive in their jobs. Hence one more time we confirm that it is worth to train entrepreneurship to people.
Concluding, we may affirm that, yes, entrepreneurship should become a part of formal training for everybody regardless if they will or will not undertake entrepreneurial activity in its orthodox form.
An interesting article on applied entrepreneurship by Esther Dyson.
What do entrepreneurs really need to succeed?
Esther Dyson is one of the world’s leading entrepreneurs focusing on emerging digital technologies. As Chairwoman of EDventure Holdings, she has been at the forefront of analysis of these technologies’ impact on business, privacy, security, creativity, and politics. She has served as a board member or early investor in numerous startups, including Cygnus Solutions, Flickr, del.icio.us, ZEDO, Medstory, and Medspace, and currently focuses on startups related to medical technology, aviation, and space travel.
What Is Expected from Higher Educated Graduates in the 21st Century? by Rolf van der Velden (ROA, Maastricht University)
We are a newly created, multidimensional, dynamic research group interested particularly in entrepreneurial competencies’ creation and use. So far the education systems across industrialized world have been focused on “democratization of education” following the belief directly resulting from Becker’s Human Capital Theory that more education raises productivity and hence improves society’s welfare. This belief fully true as it is, has several shades when it comes to types and quality of education. Human capital in any of its forms, surely useful in production processes, has to be well applied and the necessary condition for that to come true is an education-job match. This match comes into question when one looks at the growing and persistent youth unemployment across industrialized countries. Looking at this picture a question arises: how can we combat unemployment among young people? This and other similar questions gave rise to our Group. We hope to shed some light on such questions with the aim of improving the world!
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