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Type: Book chapter
Title: Introduction
Author: Davidsson, P.
Gordon, S.
Bergmann, H.
Citation: Nascent Entrepreneurship, 2011 / Davidsson, P., Gordon, S., Bergmann, H. (ed./s), Ch.1, pp.viii-xxxvi
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited
Publisher Place: Cheltenham, Glos; United Kingdom
Issue Date: 2011
Series/Report no.: The International Library of Entrepreneurship
ISBN: 1138238449
Editor: Davidsson, P.
Gordon, S.
Bergmann, H.
Statement of
Richard Pomfret
Abstract: In this volume we compile and comment on a collection of some of the most important works on nascent entrepreneurship that have appeared in the last two decades. We do not go further back than that because up until1992 hardly any systematic research on the pre-operational stage of business creation was undertaken. In that year, the terms ’nascent entrepreneur’ and ’nascent venture’ appear for the first time in the research literature (Reynolds and Miller, Chapter l, 1992; Reynolds and White, 1992). This signals the emergence of a new research paradigm designed to study? business creation processes empirically at very early stages, before an operational firm has come into existence. The most central feature of this type of research is that it identifies a statistically representative sample of nascent entrepreneurs (NEs)- people engaged in ongoing but not yet operational business start-ups- via screening interviews with a very large random sample of adults. The overarching research questions pursued in this emerging research tradition are the following: 1. What proportion of individuals (in various population subgroups) are trying to start a new business at any given time? 2. What led them to engage in the creation of a new business? 3. What characteristics and behaviors associated with the founder(s), the venture, the environment and the process are associated with persistence, progress and success in trying to start a new business?
Keywords: Nascent Entrepreneurship
Rights: © 2018 Yelena Kalyuzhnova and Richard Pomfret. The rights of the editors to be identified as the authors of the editorial matter, and of the authors for their individual chapters, has been asserted in accordance with sections 77 and 78 of the Copyright, Design and Patents Act 1988. All rights reserved.
DOI: 10.4324/9781315267302-1
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