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Conceptual Richness and Methodological Diversity in Entrepreneurship Research

Conceptual Richness and Methodological Diversity in Entrepreneurship Research

European Research in Entrepreneurship series

Edited by Alain Fayolle, Paula Kyrö, Tonis Mets and Urve Venesaar

This important book identifies the current developments within entrepreneurship that are characterized by conceptual richness and methodological diversity. It presents the latest developments of topics such as the entrepreneurial mindset, culture and values as well as advances in entrepreneurship education and development. The contributors open the field for methodological renewal by introducing the current state of and opportunities for explorative research in entrepreneurship.

Chapter 12: Corporate venture capital choices setting and investment behaviors: analysis at corporate, venture and business environment levels

Luc Armel G. Da Gbadji and Benoit Gailly

Subjects: business and management, entrepreneurship, research methods in business and management


The modern business landscape is characterized by fast technological changes, dynamic and complex competitive environments and a race towards new knowledge (Kuratko and Audretsch, 2009). That suggests to well-established companies the need for entrepreneurial adaptability. Indeed, in the last decades, many path-breaking innovations have tended to be implemented outside large entities by entrepreneurial ventures. To succeed in such a dynamic business environment and stay ahead of the competition, it is necessary for large corporations to innovate and to be part of those disruptive and changing technologies and markets (Weber and Weber, 2007; Souza et al., 2004). They have to be very proactive by opening their innovation process strategically and initiating entrepreneurial activities through, for instance, a corporate venture capital (CVC) program (OECD, 2008). CVC refers to “equity or equity-linked investments in young, privately held companies, where the investor is a financial intermediary of a non-financial corporation” (Maula, 2007). In other words, established corporations make direct minority equity investments in privately-held entrepreneurial ventures (Gompers and Lerner, 1998).

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