Exemplars in Entrepreneurship
A. Setting the stage Richard N. Dino, P. Christopher Earley, Ronald K. Mitchell Dino, Richard: Good evening, and I stand corrected; good morning and good afternoon to everyone who is participating in the 2009 Entrepreneurship Research Exemplars Conference. My name is Rich Dino, and I am executive director of the Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and on behalf of the (University of Connecticut) School of Business – welcome. We are absolutely delighted that you are here and are participating in the Conference. I sit in a very interesting position and I was trying to figure out how to convey what I see. I was talking with a colleague today and we concluded that it was a busy intersection; and then we asked, ‘What is the busiest intersection in the world?’ And most people will say ‘Well it must be Grand Central Station.’ Well actually it’s not. It is a place in Tokyo, Japan, called the Shibuya Station. It is interesting because there is a confluence and an intersection of six roadways, six pedestrian walkways, and one of the busiest train stations in the world. You could actually go out on the Internet and watch this intersection – and it is something else. I was trying to think of how to characterize the world of entrepreneurship, and it pretty much is one of the busiest intersections in the research world. Instead of having six roadways or 12 roadways (including the pedestrian walkways together), there are many, many more. Just thinking about...
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