Contemplating Knudsen's Baseline: Where small is not so beautiful

Jones, Colin (2005) Contemplating Knudsen's Baseline: Where small is not so beautiful. Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, 18(3), pp. 273-288.

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Abstract

Does the Internet's World Wide Web (the web) represent an opportunity or threat to the small firms of the world? In line with recent calls for entrepreneurship research to adopt a more evolutionary approach, this article considers the context, process, and possible outcomes of small place-based firms operating in a web-impacted environment. Despite initial optimism that the web would provide a level-playing field for firms of all sizes, little evidence exist to support such a notion. When the learning abilities deemed necessary to exploit the web are considered, it would seem that only the most entrepreneurial of small firms would likely adapt to web-impacted environments. It is concluded that the present rate of web-based change represents a unique and valuable research opportunity for entrepreneurship researchers.

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ID Code: 92856
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Small Firms, World Wide Web, Evolutionary Theories
DOI: 10.1080/08276331.2005.10593344
ISSN: 0827-6331
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Small Business Management (150314)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Deposited On: 15 Feb 2016 03:49
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2016 03:49

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