Academic journal article Journal of Business and Entrepreneurship

Notes from the Editors

Academic journal article Journal of Business and Entrepreneurship

Notes from the Editors

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Like all business concerns, small businesses pass through various developmental stages. Some small businesses rapidly progress from birth to death; still others enjoy a long run. If any theme characterizes the articles in the current issue of JBE, it is the progression through the developmental stages.

Birth: Either by choice or by force, entrepreneurs are made when middle or upper managers leave their corporate position. Betsy Gelb's article identifies unexpected entrepreneurial concerns and information needs for ex-corporate managers interested in starting their own businesses.

Childhood: The success of fledgling small businesses may depend on the characteristics of their leaders and/or business strategies and tactics. Regarding the former, Richard Hunt and David Adams find that early entrepreneurial success often is related to greater levels of two studied behaviors: Type A and self-monitoring. Regarding the latter, Bruce Barringer, Foard Jones, and Pamela Lewis find that faster growing small businesses tend to service previously unfilled needs while emphasizing strategic alliances, channel development, planning and non-cash awards for employees.

Avoiding Teenage Mortality: Toxic environmental factors, if not counteracted by good business plans, can lead to the premature demise of small businesses. To promote the survival of smaller, independent pharmacies, Barbara Beliveau and Eldon Bernstein suggest that these pharmacies offer specialized services. To better understand rural retailing needs and service options, Greg Broekemier and James Cooper examine grocery and menswear retailers in three small rural markets. …

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