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The business platform : developing an instrument to gauge and assist the development of young firms

Davidsson, Per & Klofsten, Magnus (2003) The business platform : developing an instrument to gauge and assist the development of young firms. Journal of Small Business Management, 41(1), pp. 1-26.

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Abstract

The research presented here addresses the following problems that we perceive in research on the development of young firms. First, we feel there is a lack of holistic, yet quantifiable and generalizable ways to assess the state of newly started firms. Quantitative research typically relies on additive models that are unable to explain more than half of the outcome variance, at the most. Holistic approaches tend to be qualitative and therefore have unknown generalizability. Second, we feel there is a lack of action-oriented assessment models that are firmly anchored in research. Research models typically take a passive prediction position rather than being action-oriented, and often build on relationships that give little hands-on advice to managers. Numerous practical tools for assessing and developing firms during their early development can be found in the ‘how to’ literature, but these are typically not anchored in systematic research and therefore have unknown validity. Hence, what we set out to do in the research presented in this article is to develop a quantifiable, holistic and action-oriented instrument for assessing and assisting the development of young firms.

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ID Code: 5564
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Davidsson, P, entrepreneurship, research framework, small firm, SME
DOI: 10.1111/1540-627X.00064
ISSN: 0047-2778
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Organisational Planning and Management (150312)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Small Business Management (150314)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 Blackwell Publishing
Copyright Statement: The definitive version is available at www.blackwell-synergy.com
Deposited On: 22 Nov 2006
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:19

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