Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings includes abstracts of all papers and symposia presented at the annual conference, plus 6-page abridged versions of the “Best Papers” accepted for inclusion in the program (approximately 10%). Papers published in the Proceedings are abridged because presenting papers at their full length could preclude subsequent journal publication. Please contact the author(s) directly for the full papers.

Entrepreneurship for Persons with Disabilities: Economic and Social-psychological Benefits

    Recent research provides initial empirical evidence for the value of entrepreneurship education, but also highlights the need for more rigorous studies, more longitudinal work, and investigations of under-explored subpopulations, in order to better understand the value of entrepreneurship education in creating more and better entrepreneurs. This paper contributes to addressing those needs by providing insights into the outcomes of entrepreneurship education programs designed specifically for persons with disabilities, a group that is disadvantaged both economically and socially. Using longitudinal, quasi-experimental methods, the study shows significant increases in actual business creation among program group participants, both over time and compared to a matched comparison group. Further, the study provides initial insight into the impact that successful entrepreneurial outcomes have on self-esteem among this disadvantaged group. Implications for future research and practice are discussed.

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