Investments in managerial human capital: explanations from prospect and regulatory focus theories

Zhao, Y. ORCID: 0000-0001-9750-9847 and Thompson, P. ORCID: 0000-0003-1961-7441, 2019. Investments in managerial human capital: explanations from prospect and regulatory focus theories. International Small Business Journal: Researching Entrepreneurship. ISSN 0266-2426

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Abstract

It is recognised that small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have relatively low levels of management and employee training. In part, this reflects training being a risky investment, with opportunity costs. This article utilises prospect and regulatory focus theory to provide greater insight into which business owners/managers are more likely to make investments in managerial human capital. The study utilises the Longitudinal Small Business Survey (LSBS) and explores how regulatory focus affects training choices and whether experiencing a gain or loss plays a role. We find that those with a promotion focus and experiencing a gain are more likely to invest in managerial training. There is some evidence of prevention-focused business owners/managers being more likely to invest when a loss has been suffered. The results are of interest to policymakers seeking to increase investment in training and for those providing such initiatives in that developing a promotion focus should encourage greater engagement.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Small Business Journal: Researching Entrepreneurship
Creators: Zhao, Y. and Thompson, P.
Publisher: Sage
Date: 15 February 2019
ISSN: 0266-2426
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10.1177/0266242619828264DOI
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 01 Mar 2019 10:54
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2020 03:00
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/35868

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