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Dilettante, Venturesome, Tory and Crafts: Drivers of Performance Among Taxonomic Groups
Journal of Small Business Strategy
  • Stanley W Mandel, Wake Forest University
  • Jane S Craig, University of Texas at Austin
  • Alex Stewart, Marquette University
Document Type
Article
Language
eng
Format of Original
26 p.
Publication Date
1-1-2013
Publisher
Small Business Institute
Disciplines
Abstract

Empirical research has failed to cumulate into a coherent taxonomy of small firms. This may be because the method adapted from biology by Bill McKelvey has almost never been adopted. His approach calls for extensive variables and a focused sample of organizations, contrary to most empirical studies, which are specialized. Comparing general and special purpose approaches, we find some of the latter have more explanatory power than others and that general purpose taxonomies have the greatest explanatory power. Examining performance, we find the types do not display significantly different levels of performance but they display highly varied drivers of performance.

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Accepted version. Journal of Small Business Strategy (forthcoming). Publisher link. © Small Business Institute 2013. Used with permission.

Citation Information
Stanley W Mandel, Jane S Craig and Alex Stewart. "Dilettante, Venturesome, Tory and Crafts: Drivers of Performance Among Taxonomic Groups" Journal of Small Business Strategy (2013) ISSN: 1081-8510
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/alex_stewart/15/