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Idea sets: conceptualizing and measuring a new unit of analysis in entrepreneurship research

Hill, Susan A. and Birkinshaw, Julian (2010) Idea sets: conceptualizing and measuring a new unit of analysis in entrepreneurship research. Organizational Research Methods, 13 (1). pp. 85-113. ISSN 1552-7425

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Identification Number: 10.1177/1094428109337542


Idea sets—the complete stock of entrepreneurial ideas an individual has accessible within his or her memory at any given time—are proposed as a new unit of analysis through which the antecedents, processes, and outcomes of entrepreneurial opportunity recognition may be more fully understood. A number of dimensions are identified along which one person’s idea set may be compared with that of another person. These comprise the novelty, volume, content, stage of development, strategic value logic, and composite knowledge configuration of ideas within the idea set. The idea set construct and the methods advocated for its empirical operationalization provide a differentiated, comprehensive approach to investigating entrepreneurial opportunities. They also help to overcome sample selection and survival biases characterizing empirical research in this domain. A questionnaire-based idea set instrument, designed and tested in the corporate context, demonstrates good evidence of content, convergent and divergent validities.

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Additional Information: © 2010 SAGE Publications
Divisions: Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2010 15:02
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 01:48

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