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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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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