Paul D. Reynolds : entrepreneurship research innovator, coordinator, and disseminator

Davidsson, Per (2005) Paul D. Reynolds : entrepreneurship research innovator, coordinator, and disseminator. Small Business Economics, 24(4), pp. 351-358.

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Paul Davidson Reynolds is the 2004 winner of the International Award for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Research. In this article Professor Reynolds’ contributions are summarized in terms of four sets of triplets. The first is as innovator, coordinator and disseminator of novel and important empirical research studies. The second triplet concerns the main areas of his contributions: regional variations in entrepreneurial activity, nascent entrepreneurship and firms in gestation and international comparisons of the prevalence of entrepreneurial activity. The third set of triplets concerns what aspects of the research process he has contributed to: development of new empirical methods to research entrepreneurship; coining of new concepts that now permeate this field of research, and provision of important empirical results. The final set of triplets concerns the audiences to which Reynolds’ research appeal: researchers, policy-makers and business practitioners. It is concluded that although his contributions are many and of different kinds, the single most important one is that his research has made it increasingly unreasonable to theorize and design research as if the economy essentially consisted of a relatively stable core of large, established firms and entry and exit of new firms were relatively infrequent, marginal and insignificant.

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ID Code: 827
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: nascent entrepreneur, business volatility, entrepreneurship, economic development
DOI: 10.1007/s11187-005-0690-z
ISSN: 1573-0913
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Springer
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. The original publication is available at SpringerLink.
Deposited On: 15 Dec 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:15

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