Reassessing Portfolio Entrepreneurship

Posted: 28 Oct 2009

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Sara Carter

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Monder Ram

De Montfort University - School of Business; University of Birmingham - Birmingham Business School

Date Written: 2003


Portfolio entrepreneurship, or concurrent ownership of multiple businesses, is emerging as an important topic in small business research literature. The purpose of this paper is to expand the understanding of portfolio entrepreneurship by focusing on the various influences that impact upon the decision to engage in portfolio entrepreneurship as well as the processes that are used. Research on portfolio entrepreneurship derived from a wide range of subject literatures, including economic sociology, cultural anthropology, and agricultural economics, is analyzed. It is concluded that there is a need for a broader understanding of portfolio entrepreneurship—including a need to establish (1) the different contexts in which portfolio entrepreneurship occurs, (2) the different contents that determine the form portfolio entrepreneurship takes, and (3) the different processes that are used to bring it about. The examples discussed demonstrate the richness of data gained from reviewing wider subject disciplinary sources. A key methodological insight is that, in research, the unit of analysis must be changed from the firm to the portfolio. (SFL)

Keywords: Ownership structures, Management decisions, Motivation, Portfolio entrepreneurs, Firm growth, Firm ownership

Suggested Citation

Carter, Sara and Ram, Monder, Reassessing Portfolio Entrepreneurship (2003). University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership Historical Research Reference in Entrepreneurship, Available at SSRN:

Sara Carter

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Monder Ram

De Montfort University - School of Business ( email )

Department of Corporate Strategy
Leicester LE1 9BH
United Kingdom
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+44 116 251.7548 (Fax)

University of Birmingham - Birmingham Business School ( email )

Edgbaston Park Road
Birmingham, B15 2TY
United Kingdom

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