A "ruggedised" method for measuring entrepreneurial activity in developing countries

Frederick, Howard 2010, A "ruggedised" method for measuring entrepreneurial activity in developing countries, in ECRM 2010 : Proceedings of the 9th European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies, Academic Publishing Limited, Reading, England, pp. 139-146.

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Title A "ruggedised" method for measuring entrepreneurial activity in developing countries
Author(s) Frederick, Howard
Conference name The European Conferences on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies (9th : 2010 : Madrid, Spain)
Conference location Madrid, Spain
Conference dates 24-25 June, 2010
Title of proceedings ECRM 2010 : Proceedings of the 9th European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2010
Conference series European Conferences on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies
Start page 139
End page 146
Total pages 7
Publisher Academic Publishing Limited
Place of publication Reading, England
Keyword(s) survey research methodology
household survey
entrepreneurship
Tonga
Global Entrepreneurship Monitor
developing countries
Summary In July 2009, a team of 38 researchers carried out the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) survey in the Kingdom of Tonga. The GEM survey estimates the proportion of the general population involved in business start-ups and new firm creation. This paper describes not the results of the survey but rather the methodology that was employed. Because Tonga is spread out over a vast swath of the Pacific Ocean, the team faced serious challenges in terms of survey design, field work, logistiCS, and quality control. To meet the standards of rigour, we designed a 'ruggedised method' for measuring entrepreneurial activity. The present report will assist other teams in measuring entrepreneurial activity in developing countries. We provide practical guidelines for the improvement of the efficiency of the survey when it is repeated elsewhere, This case is accompanied by a 24- minute video which illustrates the major paints of the paper.
ISBN 9781906638658
Language eng
Field of Research 150304 Entrepreneurship
Socio Economic Objective 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2010, The Authors. All Rights Reserved.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30032380

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