At the Center of the Action: Innovation and Technology Strategy Research in the Small Business Setting

30 Pages Posted: 16 Jun 2009

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Justin Tan

York University

Eileen Fischer

York University - Schulich School of Business

Ron Mitchell

University of Victoria

Phillip Phan

Johns Hopkins University - Carey Business School

Abstract

In this essay, we offer perspectives on the future of small business research. These comments cover a range of issues unique to the future of small-business-focused research from “somewhat-broad” to “more-narrow,” and address: (1) the problems and promise of better theory building, (2) the range of opportunities for theory-building research, (3) new vantage points for theory-building using the “social responsibility” of small business as a research lens, and (4) the future direction of research in technological entrepreneurship. We conclude with a summary of this “look to the future,” and call for the innovative and provocative research that can keep contemporary small business management research at the center of the academic action.

Suggested Citation

Tan, Justin and Fischer, Eileen and Mitchell, Ron and Phan, Phillip H., At the Center of the Action: Innovation and Technology Strategy Research in the Small Business Setting. Journal of Small Business Management, Vol. 47, Issue 3, pp. 233-262, July 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1417658 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1540-627X.2009.00270.x

Justin Tan

York University

4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3
Canada

Eileen Fischer

York University - Schulich School of Business ( email )

4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3
Canada

Ron Mitchell

University of Victoria ( email )

3800 Finnerty Rd
Victoria, British Columbia V8P 5C2
Canada

Phillip H. Phan

Johns Hopkins University - Carey Business School ( email )

100 International Drive
Baltimore, MD 21202
United States

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