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Developing organizational capabilities in entrepreneurial ventures

This project will investigate in-depth the learning and innovation capabilities that underpin the successful development of independent entrepreneurial venture firms. The project will seek to deliver upon the following objectives:

  1. identify the learning and innovation capabilities that underlie successful development of entrepreneurial ventures
  2. explore the nature and interaction among learning and innovation capability combinations and development outcomes in entrepreneurial ventures
  3. develop a causal model that reflects the chain of effects between how firm resources are deployed, capabilities developed
  4. contribute to developing an integrated theoretical foundation for capability development within an entrepreneurial venture context. 

Initially, a series of exploratory, scoping case studies will be developed of entrepreneurial ventures at different stages of the growth lifecycle.This will be exclusively qualitative.Thereafter, a large, multi-wave, survey will be administered in line with the total design method protocol that sets the standard for advanced survey research methods. Finally, a database will be developed from secondary data of entrepreneurial ventures and their underlying capabilities using a series of methods based on secondary data. Therefore, both primary and secondary, and qualitative and quantitative data will be used to examine the form of causal relationships between learning capabilities and innovation capabilities.