At the Center of the Action: Innovation and Technology Strategy Research in the Small Business Setting
Journal of Small Business Management, Vol.47, No. 3, pp. 233-262, 2009
30 Pages Posted: 16 Feb 2010
Date Written: 2009
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.
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