Nascent Entrepreneurship: Empirical Studies and Developments

Posted: 9 Nov 2009

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Per Davidsson

Queensland University of Technology - Brisbane Graduate School of Business

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Date Written: 2006


The empirical study of nascent entrepreneurs hasbecome increasingly popular, particularly studies of the firm gestation period,with follow-up over time to identify process issues and outcome determinants. Herein, 75 journal articles, various book chapters, conference papers, and research reports are reviewed to take stock of developments in this area ofresearch. The commonly used longitudinal, empirical approach has contributed tothe entrepreneurship field by overcoming: the undercoverage of the smallest and youngest entities, non comparability across countries, selection bias that results from examining only start-up efforts that resulted in established businesses, and hindsight bias and memory decay that result from surveying the start-up process retrospectively. Though the method is found to be a sound, workable approach, room for improvement exists. Seventeen propositions forfurther improvement in this area are suggested. (LKB)

Keywords: Startup process, Firm gestation, Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), Panel Study of Entrepreneurial Dynamics (PSED), Research methods, Startup rates, Individual traits, Longitudinal datasets, Longitudinal research, Management teams, Nascent entrepreneurs, Opportunity development, Opportunity recognition

Suggested Citation

Davidsson, Per, Nascent Entrepreneurship: Empirical Studies and Developments (2006). University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership Historical Research Reference in Entrepreneurship. Available at SSRN:

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