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Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development

ISSN: 1462-6004

Online from: 1994

Subject Area: Enterprise and Innovation

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Preparing for business start-up: “pre-start” activities in the new venture creation dynamic


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Title:Preparing for business start-up: “pre-start” activities in the new venture creation dynamic
Author(s):Andrew Atherton, (University of Lincoln, Lincoln, UK)
Citation:Andrew Atherton, (2007) "Preparing for business start-up: “pre-start” activities in the new venture creation dynamic", Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, Vol. 14 Iss: 3, pp.404 - 417
Keywords:Business formation, Entrepreneurialism
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/14626000710773510 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract:

Purpose – The purpose of this research is to examine the activities and behaviours of potential entrepreneurs as they move towards engagement in business start-up.

Design/methodology/approach – Based on in-depth engagement with seven founders of new businesses, and informed by a review of the relevant literature.

Findings – A series of transitions towards business start-up are identified, which in turn produced a five-step framework for examining and understanding the “pre-start” phase of preparation for entrepreneurship.

Research limitations/implications – The case-based approach provided detailed and contextualised insight into how a small group of founders prepared for business start-up. There may be a need to test the framework with a larger group of business founders to assess its wider relevance and applicability.

Practical implications – The pre-start framework identifies how individuals progress towards start-up, and so could be used as the basis for a programme to encourage individuals to move through each step towards engagement in business start-up. The movement from step to step can also be used to assess overall levels of preparation for entrepreneurship within the wider population, and so has the potential to be a useful indicator of overall levels of entrepreneurial orientation.

Originality/value – The paper presents a process-focused model of the pre-start dynamic.



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