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The study was part of a research project funded under the Academy of Finland’s Academy Programme BioFuture2025.
The study showed that a lower importance placed by young adults on security in their future work predicted higher entrepreneurial and leadership aspirations later in life. These results hold after factors such as personality and socio-economic background was controlled.
This topic has not been previously investigated in Finland.Work-related values nevertheless do seem to have a considerable impact on young adults’ motivations and intentions to become entrepreneurs or business leaders.The longitudinal study FinEdu involved analyses in a sample of 1,138 young Finnish adults at age 21 and 27.
The results also revealed that a higher importance placed on social or interpersonal rewards at age 21 predicted lower entrepreneurial but higher leadership aspirations.Young adults who had high entrepreneurial aspirations placed high importance on autonomy.
The findings also reveal gender gaps.Compared to women, men place more importance on rewards and less importance on security.These factors are critical in shaping men’s aspirations to business leadership and contribute to the gender gap therein.
Clements Lechner, Florencia Sortheix, Martin Obshonka and Katariina Salmela-Aro. “What Drives Future Business Leaders? How Work Values and Gender Shape Young Adults’ Entrepreneurial and Leadership Aspirations”. Journal of Vocational Behavior 107 (2018) 57-70.
Professor Katariina Salmela-Aro
University of Helsinki
tel. +358 50 415 5283
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