At the center of the action: Innovation and technology strategy research in the small business setting

Justin Tan, Eileen Fischer, Ron Mitchell, Phillip Phan

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In this essay, we offer perspectives on the future of small business research. These comments cover a range of issues unique to the future of small-business-focused research from "somewhat-broad" to "more-narrow," and address: (1) the problems and promise of better theory building, (2) the range of opportunities for theory-building research, (3) new vantage points for theory-building using the "social responsibility" of small business as a research lens, and (4) the future direction of research in technological entrepreneurship. We conclude with a summary of this "look to the future," and call for the innovative and provocative research that can keep contemporary small business management research at the center of the academic action.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)233-262
Number of pages30
JournalJournal of Small Business Management
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2009


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