Optimism and chance: the elephants in the entrepreneurship room

Storey, David (2011) Optimism and chance: the elephants in the entrepreneurship room. International Small Business Journal, 29 (4). pp. 303-321. ISSN 0266-2426

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Abstract

This article argues that existing theories of new and small firms fail to capture the temporal diversity of such enterprises. Most are ‘one-way bets’ because they provide an explanation only for growing firms. To address this, this article combines the role of chance with the optimism of the business owner into optimism and chance (OC) theory. This provides an insight into why, for example, very few new or small firms grow continuously and why, when compared to Europe, individuals in the USA who initially failed in business, ultimately became successful.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Business and Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Depositing User: Janet Snow
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2012 09:16
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2012 09:16
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/40076
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