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The study of emerging industries: Recognizing and responding to some central problems

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  • Forbes, Daniel P.
  • Kirsch, David A.
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    The emergence of new industries is an important phenomenon that remains relatively neglected by researchers. We address several theoretical and methodological problems that impede the study of emerging industries. In doing so, we propose that historical archives represent a critical and under-utilized research resource. More generally, we contend that advancing the study of emerging industries will require scholars to develop several distinct categories of research, to make more extensive use of qualitative and historical data, to collaborate across traditional boundaries of domain and method and to engage key practitioners, including professional archivists and institutional entrepreneurs.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Business Venturing.

    Volume (Year): 26 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 5 (September)
    Pages: 589-602

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:jbvent:v:26:y:2011:i:5:p:589-602

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    Keywords: Industry evolution Research methods Institutional entrepreneurship Business history;

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    1. Martin Henning & Erik Stam & Rik Wenting, 2012. "Path dependence research in regional economic development: Cacophony or knowledge accumulation?," Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography (PEEG) 1219, Utrecht University, Section of Economic Geography, revised Oct 2012.
    2. Gerasymenko, Violetta & Arthurs, Jonathan D., 2014. "New insights into venture capitalists' activity: IPO and time-to-exit forecast as antecedents of their post-investment involvement," Journal of Business Venturing, Elsevier, vol. 29(3), pages 405-420.
    3. Schultz, Patrick L. & Marin, Alejandra & Boal, Kimberly B., 2014. "The impact of media on the legitimacy of new market categories: The case of broadband internet," Journal of Business Venturing, Elsevier, vol. 29(1), pages 34-54.
    4. Feldman, Maryann & Tavassoli, Sam, 2014. "Something New: Where do new industries come from?," CITR Working Paper Series 2014/02, Center for Innovation and Technology Research, Blekinge Institute of Technology.

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