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Panel studies of new venture creation : a review and suggestions for future research

Davidsson, Per & Gordon, Scott R. (2010) Panel studies of new venture creation : a review and suggestions for future research. In Proceedings of Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Academy of Management, Montréal Convention Center, Montreal.

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Abstract

We review all journal articles based on “PSED-type” research, i.e., longitudinal, empirical studies of large probability samples of on-going, business start-up efforts. We conclude that the research stream has yielded interesting findings; sometimes by confirming prior research with a less bias-prone methodology and at other times by challenging whether prior conclusions are valid for the early stages of venture development. Most importantly, the research has addressed new, process-related research questions that prior research has shunned or been unable to study in a rigorous manner. The research has revealed an enormous and fascinating variability in new venture creation that also makes it challenging to arrive at broadly valid generalizations. An analysis of the findings across studies as well as an examination of those studies that have been relatively more successful at explaining outcomes give good guidance regarding what is required in order to achieve strong and credible results. We compile and present such advice to users of existing data sets and designers of new projects in the following areas: Statistically representative and/or theoretically relevant sampling; Level of analysis issues; Dealing with process heterogeneity; Dealing with other heterogeneity issues, and Choice and interpretation of dependent variables.

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ID Code: 38829
Item Type: Conference Paper
Additional Information: The 2010 Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings will be published in the 2010 online program [see Official URL above]
Keywords: Panel Studies, New Venture Creation, Future Research
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Entrepreneurship (150304)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 25 Nov 2010 09:38
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2011 00:01

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