HEALTH

Health of Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs

workshop

Track co-Chairs:
Roy Thurik, Montpellier Business School, EURIBEB,
Olivier Torres, Montpellier Business School, Amarok, LabEx Entreprendre,
Frank Lasch, Montpellier Business School, france

Description of the track

The sustainability of small businesses is closely linked to the personal situation of their owners including their physical and mental health. Surprisingly little is known about business owners’ health and its interplay with the performance of their businesses. On one hand, health researchers remain primarily devoted to paid workers. On the other hand, entrepreneurship scholars are likely to describe small business owners as Schumpeterian heroes, bypassing “trivial issues” like their physical or mental health.
There are two major questions. Is the health of the small business owner a determinant of the success, or of the failure, of its business? A poor health could indeed deter aspiring entrepreneurs to create a venture. Conversely, the good health of the owner could be an important resource for the smooth running of the firm. But systematic investigations are lacking to assess the contribution of a healthy/happy leader to the performance of its business. What are the health consequences for those that create a new venture or run a small firm? To work for one’s own account and risk may generate specific health risks or improvements. The mediating role of stress, satisfaction and emotions could also explain health variations of the small business owners.

Examples of suitable topics
  • How entrepreneurship affects smoking, alcohol consumption, dietary and sport habits, sleeping patterns and other lifestyle factors that may influence health;
  • The effect of physical and mental health on entrepreneurial behaviour and success;
  • Entrepreneurship and (the perception of) stress and burnout;
  • The relation between entrepreneurship and health using biomarkers (genes, hormones) and psychomarkers (dsm type measures;
  • Complementarity between initial socio-economic and health conditions and entrepreneurship;
  • How education and skills shape the entrepreneurship-health nexus;
  • How culture shapes the entrepreneurship-health nexus;
  • How entrepreneurship, skills and cognitive abilities affect the perception of health, stress and well-being;
  • Disentangling the endogeneity of entrepreneurship in health: identification strategies and estimation issues;
  • How health influences entrepreneurial exit;
  • The role of health insurance in the relation between entrepreneurship and health.

Workshop website: http://www.montpellier-bs.com/international/faculty-and-research/research-center/conferences-events/conferences-and-workshops
Amarok website: http://www.observatoire-amarok.net/fr/actualites
EURIBEB website: http://www.eur.nl/
Funding: the organizers are seeking funding to cover registration fees and to support travel and subsistence costs


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