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The Influence of Parents’ Profession and Education on the Innovativeness of their Children

Klingebiel, Kai Lukas (2014) The Influence of Parents’ Profession and Education on the Innovativeness of their Children.

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Abstract:Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to identify additional influences on innovativeness. In this case if the profession and education of parents has an effect on their children’s innovativeness, particularly on exploration and exploitation. Design and Methodology – A survey with 99 people with different backgrounds was conducted. The requirement on the respondents were that they are all older than 30 years, have an academic degree and work experience. The data collected on the parents’ profession and education was also sufficient to run the analysis. For the main analyses two multivariate ANCOVAs were used. Findings – There was no significant relationship between parents’ profession/education and their children’s innovativeness neither on exploration nor on exploitation. Disregarding that the overall model was not significant a trend was found that tenure hast a negative effect on exploration, which is in line with the existing literature. Under the consideration that the model was not overall significant a found tendency for an interaction effect between the education of the father and the mother was further analyzed. A positive influence on exploitation was found when both parents have an academic education. Originality/value – The novelty of this study lies in the exploration of the relationship between the profession and education of parents and their children’s innovativeness. Even there was no significant relationship to be found, there were an indication for a relationship between a high education of both parents and their children’s innovativeness. But to further conclude additional research needs to be done.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:International Business Administration BSc (50952)
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