The George Washington University
School of Business: Management


Global Entrepreneurship: The Latest Research on Business Creation

Date: October 14-16, 2010
Venue: The George Washington University, Washington, DC


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The inaugural Global Entrepreneurship: The Latest Research on Business Creation conference was held at The George Washington University School of Business in Washington, DC on October 14‐16, 2010. The event was headed by Dr. Paul Reynolds, Co‐Principal for the Panel Study of Entrepreneurial Dynamics (PSED) I and II, and was sponsored by the George Washington University Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence (CFEE) and the International Council for Small Business (ICSB).

The PSED research program is internationally renowned and designed to enhance the scientific understanding of how people start businesses around the world. The PSED projects provide valid and reliable data on the process of business formation based on nationally‐representative samples of nascent entrepreneurs. PSED I began with screening in 1998‐2000 to select a cohort of 830 with three follow‐up interviews. PSED II began with screening in 2005‐2006 with two follow‐up interviews. The information obtained includes data on the nature of those active as nascent entrepreneurs, the activities undertaken during the start‐up process, and the characteristics of start‐up efforts that become new firms. PSED research is sponsored and supported by the Kauffman Foundation, the United States Small Business Administration, the University of Michigan, and the National Science Foundation among others.

The Global Entrepreneurship: The Latest Research on Business Creation conference attracted over 50 scholars from 8 different countries to discuss the latest trends in research as well as network with others from around the world tackling similar research agendas. The conference program started on Thursday, October 14 with a PSED training workshop on research opportunities, project objectives, and future involvement. Friday and Saturday were designated for author presentations under various topics listed below. A gala dinner was held on Saturday night for all attendees.

This workshop and symposium was designed for two groups of participants:

  • Scholars analyzing longitudinal data sets on business creation who had an opportunity to meet and discuss their efforts as "works in progress" as they are developed for submission to peer review journals.
  • Those designing and implementing longitudinal studies of business creation to learn from the experiences of those who have already implemented such panel studies.


Presenter(s) Affiliation Topic (Click on text to download PPT in pdf form)

Casey Frid

Clemson University, USA Acquiring Financial Resources to Form New Ventures: Pecking Order theory and the Emerging Firm
Diana Hechavarria University of Cincinnati, USA New Firm Founding and Legitimacy: The Role of Innovation and Kinship Ties on Start‐up Activities Among U.S. nascent Entrepreneurs
Amy Davis & Kelly Shaver College of Charleston, USA Entrepreneurial Self‐Efficacy, Start‐Up Activities, and Team Composition
Tiantian Yang University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, USA All Organizations Were Once New: Choosing Appropriate Statistical Methods to Analysis DATA on New Entrepreneurial Ventures
Saurav Pathak Imperial College, London, U.K. Exit Experience, Social Norms, and Entrepreneurial Growth Aspirations: A Multi‐level Panel Study
Ferdinand Jaspers Erasmus University, The Netherlands A Novel Approach to the Study of the Temporal Sequence of Gestation Activity
Ekaterina Thurkina HEC Montreal, Canada Social Psychology of Entrepreneurship
Charles Matthews University of Cincinnati, USA Nascent Entrepreneurs’ Global Orientation: The Role of Innovation
Inessa Love The World Bank Group Impact of the Financial Crisis on New Firm Creation
Mariana Iootty The World Bank Group Innovation and Learning During the Crisis: Evidence from Firm Level Data for Eastern European Countries
Nir Kshetri University of North Carolina, Greensboro, USA Determinants of birth and mortality of entrepreneurial firms in OECD countries
Dali Ma Drexel University, USA Social Autonomy and Economic Action: Expressive Social Circles in the Creation of Chinese Private Enterprise
Antonio Malfense Fierro University of Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K. A longitudinal perspective on Portfolio Entrepreneurship: Intentions, business group growth, stagnation and contraction over time in developing economies
Carolin Geginat The World Bank Group Doing Business 2010: Reforming Through Difficult Times
Paul Reynolds The George Washington University, USA National Factors Affecting Nascent Entrepreneurship: A Global Assessment
Anthony Santella & Mickey Conway Lander Universty / Clemson University, USA Experiential Learning in International Entrepreneurship: A Case Study of Colombian Students
Chihmao Hsieh Amsterdam School of Business, The Netherlands Learning Paths to Self‐Employment: Do Jacks of all trades learn best through separated or concomitant Learning?
Norris Krueger Max Planck Institute of Ecomonics Testing the Role of Entrepreneurial Development in Business Creation: From Tech Transfer to Local Economic Development?


Additional Information:
For more information on the event, please contact the organizing committee:

Email: Attention: Michael Battaglia
Paul D. Reynolds, George Washington University,
Ayman El Tarabishy, George Washington University
George T. Solomon, George Washington University
Erik K. Winslow, George Washington University