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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, vol. 18, no. 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.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Jones, CD
Keywords: Small Firms, World Wide Web, Evolutionary Theories
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship
ISSN: 0827-6331
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