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Contemplating Knudsen's Baseline: Where Small is not so Beautiful

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Jones, CD (2005) Contemplating Knudsen's Baseline: Where Small is not so Beautiful. Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, 18 (3). pp. 273-288. ISSN 0827-6331

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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.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Small Firms, World Wide Web, Evolutionary Theories
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Page Range: pp. 273-288
ISSN: 0827-6331
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2007
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:13
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/833
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