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A Bouncing Baby Business

Thursday, November 11, 2004
An article in the January 2005 issue of The Journal of Business Venturing uses a business metaphor I can totally relate to: new business enterprise as offspring. The article -- A Tale of Passion: New Insights into Entrepreneurship from a Parenthood Metaphor by Melissa S. Cardon, Patrick Saparito, Brett P. Matherne, and Carolyn Davis -- compares the various stages of business startup to the various stages of parenthood. It's a really interesting theory and one that makes a lot of sense, particularly when you consider the intense time commitment when your business is in its "infancy" and the unruly growth phase that can occur when a business reaches "adolescence." And then, of course, there's the pride and joy you feel as you watch your "child" grow. This article will be of particular interest to any entrepreneurs who also happen to be parents, but the "business as baby" metaphor makes solid business sense period.

| posted by Ann D @ 8:20 PM