Business, Ageing and Socioemotional Selectivity: A Qualitative Study of Gray Entrepreneurship

Rebecca Jane Stirzaker*, Laura Galloway, Lauren Potter

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This three-stage qualitative paper explores the motivations and experiences of gray entrepreneurship through age-related lenses outlined in behavioral psychology literature. In contrast to economic approaches that presuppose financial drivers, findings reveal that intrinsic drivers such as achievement, fulfillment, and relationships had primacy among the participants in this research. Entrepreneurship enabled the older people in this study to construct their social environments in a way that maximizes the potential for positive affect, and minimizes the potential for negative affect, both in and out of work.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)616-636
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Small Business Management
Issue numberS2
Early online date27 Feb 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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