Yes, now we can: Technological change and the exploitation of entrepreneurial opportunities

Rögnvaldur J. Saemundsson*, Magnus Holmén

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Abstract

The paper investigates how technological change in an industry influence which individuals will identify and exploit entrepreneurial opportunities. We propose that the introduction of new development tools will change knowledge-barriers to entry because they enable the abstraction of specialized knowledge that was previously needed for development. Empirically we test the argument using data from the web design industry in a Nordic country during the period 1992-2003. We compare the education and experience of founders before and after the introduction of web administration tools in 1998 and find a significant difference, which supports the main thesis of our argument.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)102-113
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of High Technology Management Research
Volume22
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Other keywords

  • Capital goods of development
  • Development tools
  • Entrepreneurial opportunities
  • Entrepreneurship
  • New technology-based firms
  • New ventures
  • Technological change
  • Web design industry

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