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Venture Capital and Risk in High-Technology Enterprises

  • Gavin C. Reid

    (Department of Economics, University of St. Andrews, U.K.)

  • Julia A. Smith

    (Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University, U.K.)

We find UK investors and entrepreneurs are significantly concordant in rankings of investments and key factors for risk but significantly discordant on risk classes. Investors emphasise agency risk (e.g., motivation, empowerment, alignment), and entrepreneurs emphasise business risk (e.g., market opportunities).

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Article provided by College of Business, and College of Finance, Feng Chia University, Taichung, Taiwan in its journal International Journal of Business and Economics.

Volume (Year): 2 (2003)
Issue (Month): 3 (December)
Pages: 227-244

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  1. Chan, Yuk-Shee, 1983. " On the Positive Role of Financial Intermediation in Allocation of Venture Capital in a Market with Imperfect Information," Journal of Finance, American Finance Association, vol. 38(5), pages 1543-68, December.
  2. Gavin C Reid, 2000. "Information System Development in the Small Firm," CRIEFF Discussion Papers 0002, Centre for Research into Industry, Enterprise, Finance and the Firm.
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  8. Gavin C Reid, 1998. "The Application of Principal-Agent Methods to Investor-Investee Relations in the UK Venture Capital Industry," CRIEFF Discussion Papers 9810, Centre for Research into Industry, Enterprise, Finance and the Firm.
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