Handbook of Research on New Venture Creation
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Handbook of Research on New Venture Creation

Edited by Kevin Hindle and Kim Klyver

This comprehensive Handbook provides an essential analysis of new venture creation research. The eminent contributors critically discuss and explore the current literature as well as suggest improvements to the field. They reveal a strong sense of both the ‘state-of-the-art’ (what has and has not been done in new venture creation research) and the ‘state-of-the-could-be’ (future directions the field should take to improve knowledge). The Handbook comprises nineteen chapters divided into four main sections: setting the agenda; theoretical perspectives; data and measurements; and new venture creation through contextual lenses.
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Chapter 1: New Venture Creation Research: From Established Perspectives to New Horizons

Kevin Hindle and Kim Klyver


Kevin Hindle and Kim Klyver THE PHILOSOPHY AND DESIGN OF THE COLLECTION It is the principal aim of this handbook on new venture creation (NVC) research to contribute to the greater unification of our knowledge through presentation of a diverse range of scholarship on various aspects of the topic. This is not a paradox. Greater unity can only be achieved by canvassing a broad range of perspectives and interests within the field and searching for the common ground. The chapters in this collection are, principally, forward-looking works of critique. In soliciting contributions for this volume we did not seek papers that fitted the traditional moulds of either empirically or conceptually oriented studies. Instead, when we issued our call for papers, we stressed that the mission of the book was that of critical commentary. We sought work that would focus on important aspects of new venture creation research and critically discuss, explore, criticize and suggest improvements to the field in that focal area. A reader of this book and any individual chapter within it should obtain a strong sense of both the ‘state of the art’ (what has and has not been done in the field of new venture creation research) and the ‘state of what could and should be’ (future directions the field should take to improve knowledge and address urgent issues). We provided an opportunity for experienced new venture researchers to tell the world not only where the field has been, but where it should be going. Their responses...

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