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Cognitive Maps and Perceptions of Entrepreneurial Growth: A Quasi-Experimental Study in the Differences between Technology Entrepreneurs, Corporate Managers, and Students


Alan Carsrud


Åbo Akademi University

Malin Brännback


Åbo Akademi University

Leif Nordberg


Åbo Akademi University - Economics & Statistics

Maija Renko


University of Illinois at Chicago

March 1, 2009

Journal of Enterprising Culture

Abstract:     
This paper reports on a comparative quasi-experiment of how perceptions of entrepreneurial growth strategies differ between students, managers and technology entrepreneurs. The differences in perceptions as to what critical factors drive three strategies: no growth, market share growth and annual profit growth across to stages: start-up and take-off are measured. The ranks of the critical success factors are the dependent measures and the strategies and the phases the independent variables. Results show that experience impacts the ability to distinguish between strategies. Results also show that the perceptions of the critical success factors significantly differ between the groups. Hence even experience will yield quite different cognitive maps.

Keywords: Growth, profitability, technology entrepreneurship, cognitive maps, perceptions, critical success factors

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Date posted: April 24, 2010 ; Last revised: May 3, 2010

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Carsrud, Alan and Brännback, Malin and Nordberg, Leif and Renko, Maija, Cognitive Maps and Perceptions of Entrepreneurial Growth: A Quasi-Experimental Study in the Differences between Technology Entrepreneurs, Corporate Managers, and Students (March 1, 2009). Journal of Enterprising Culture. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1496247

Contact Information

Alan Carsrud (Contact Author)
Abo Akademi University ( email )
Piispankatu 16
Abo, Turku FIN-20500
Finland
Malin Brännback
Abo Akademi University ( email )
Piispankatu 16
Abo, Turku FIN-20500
Finland
Leif Nordberg
Abo Akademi University - Economics & Statistics ( email )
Abo, FIN-20500
Finland
Maija Renko
University of Illinois at Chicago ( email )
601 South Morgan Street
Chicago, IL 60607-7122
United States
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