Comprehensive Australian Study of Entrepreneurial Emergence - Study Design and Some Early Findings



CAUSEE, or The Comprehensive Australian Study of Entrepreneurial Emergence research project provides an exciting opportunity to fundamentally improve our understanding of independent entrepreneurship in Australia. It will be the largest study of business start-ups ever undertaken in Australia, and the only large-scale study to track particular ventures over time.

The study plans to identify a large sample of approximately 800 emerging (but not yet operating) business start-ups, and will track them over four years. CAUSEE is focused on following start-up businesses from their inception. 

The project also plans to identify a sample of approximately 800 newly established young firms that have commenced trading. In addition, high potential, high growth firms will also be sought as a separate sample.


Per Davidsson is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Assistant Dean of Research at BGSB. He is also Director of the research program ‘Entrepreneurship & Innovation’ within the Faculty of Business.


Per is especially known for his extensive research on start-up and growth of small firms as well as the job creation and societal well-being effects of those activities. Apart from many books, book chapters and research reports he has published 40 peer reviewed articles in, e.g., Strategic Management Journal, Regional Studies, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, Small Business Economics, Journal of Small Business Management, International Small Business Journal, Journal of Business Ethics, and Journal of Economic Psychology. His research has consulted for companies and international organizations.


1999-2002 he served as manuscript editor for Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, and 2003-2005 he chaired the Research Committee within the Entrepreneurship Division of the (US) Academy of Management. He is currently member of the editorial boards for five other journals. He has led a major research program such as the JIBS Program on Entrepreneurship and Growth in SMEs (PEG) and the Entrepreneurship Research Laboratory (ERL). After joining BGSB he (and Ass. Prof. Paul Steffens) have been presented the largest ARC Discovery grant awarded to business/economics in recent years, and based on which he is currently developing the longitudinal project Comprehensive Australian Study of Entrepreneurial Emergence (CAUSEE).  
The Erasmus - EIM - Panteia Entrepreneurship Lectures Series is co-organized by Erasmus Research Institute of Management ( and EIM Business & Policy Research (EIM/Panteia), an independent and international research and consultancy organisation, specialised in SMEs and Entrepreneurship. EIM is part of the Panteia group. 
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