Regional differences in business start-up rates in Australia : implications for future research and public policy
Hindle, Kevin and Rushworth, Susan 2001, Regional differences in business start-up rates in Australia : implications for future research and public policy, in ANZAM 2001 : Closing the divide : Proceedings of the 15th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management International conference 2001, ANZAM, North Ryde, N.S.W., pp. 1-27.
The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) project in Australia provided both data and theoretical framework for this investigation of regional differences in entrepreneurial activity within Australia and the factors that might underlie such differences.
This study found that entrepreneurial activity as measured by participation in business start-ups varied significantly between 11 defined regions of Australia. Factors found to be associated with high start-up activity were personal acquaintance with someone who had recently started a business (strong and statistically significant) and the perception of good opportunities for starting a business locally (indicative only). Participation rate by age range across region varied widely. Sample size precluded more in-depth analysis.
The study indicates a need for a research program designed to produce data and analysis that might be constructively shared by those who wish to foster entrepreneurship in Australia.
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Field of Research
150399 Business and Management not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective
910499 Management and Productivity not elsewhere classified
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