Tomas Karlsson

Tomas Karlsson
Chalmers University of Technology · Department of Technology Management and Economics

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
Tomas Karlsson currently works at the Department of Technology Management and Economics, Chalmers University of Technology. Tomas does research in Business Administration, Entrepreneurial Economics and Qualitative Social Research. Their current project is 'The creation of entrepreneurial social networks'.
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March 2013 - present
Chalmers University of Technology
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
January 2013 - November 2016
Chalmers University of Technology
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  • Professor (Associate)
June 2009 - May 2013
Lund University
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  • Professor (Assistant)
Description
  • Responsible for the masters program in entrepreneurship at Lund University

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Publications (32)
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This article is about entrepreneurial teams and addresses specifically the relationship between the group value consensus and performance. It contributes to previous research on teams in three ways. First, this study addresses the effectiveness of team composition in two different tasks. By doing so, it lends insights into how to compose entreprene...
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We could verify effectiveness of a three-day entrepreneurship program although most of previous studies were targeting formal or continuing semester programs.
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We study initial entrepreneurial networking, and describe it as a process of initiating, reacting, and evaluating networking. Our study of student entrepreneurs’ weekly diaries particularly points at the interaction of networking actions and cognitive evaluations. We introduce the concept of network momentum, which refers to the entrepreneur’s perc...
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The lean startup methodology has been steadily gaining widespread popularity during the past few years. As part of this trend, startup accelerator programs have begun to adopt the methodology as their main organizing framework. At the same time, coaches and their coaching practices lie at the core of many accelerator programs. Despite the widesprea...
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In this paper, we suggest that socially oriented work values positively influence team financial performance in entrepreneurial tasks. Such tasks are often characterized by the combination of competitive pressure, time pressure, and substantial uncertainty, in which social cohesion enables more effective work. In contrast, the uncertainty of entrep...
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The present paper re-analyzes and extends a study on institutional forces and the written business plan (Honig and Karlsson in J Manag 30(1):29–48, 2004). We attempt to examine to what extent critical decision making is evident in model and variable choice, and whether the implications provided by systematic replication efforts may serve to provide...
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Institutional theory has become an increasingly common lens in entrepreneurship research. Over the past years, the number of entrepreneurship studies that adopt institutional perspective (EIn research) has grown dramatically. This review systematically examines extant EIn research, analyzing 194 articles published in 11 leading journals from 1992 t...
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Institutional theory has become an increasingly common lens in entrepreneurship research. Over the past years, the number of entrepreneurship studies that adopt institutional perspective (EIn research) has grown dramatically. This review systematically examines extant EIn research, analyzing 194 articles published in 11 leading journals from 1992 t...
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New ventures, being heavily subjected to liabilities of newness, are seen to engage in legitimacy strategies to overcome these liabilities. Building on an adapted theoretical framework of organizational legitimacy, self-reported weekly diaries of twelve entrepreneurs were analysed to identify strategies used by new ventures to create legitimacy. Ne...
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Objectives This paper aims to develop an empirically based understanding of legitimacy building in nascent venture creation processes. We illuminate legitimacy building strategies available to new ventures, and their consequences, clarifying distinct characteristics of legitimacy building in the stage of nascent venture creation. Prior Work Establi...
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Innovations enable the advancement of the society by delivering beneficial products and services. In an innovation ecosystem, the energy dynamics of the complex relationships between entities of the system are detailed and analyzed. This review explores the entrepreneurship education assisted path to the commercialization of an innovation from Lund...
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We compared nascent characteristics and behaviors leading to business planning activities in Sweden with the United States (US), examining the effects of institutional pressures exerted in the different countries. We analyzed institutional factors leading 362 Swedish and 347 US entrepreneurs to write plans during a two-year period. We show that nat...
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This chapter explores the advantages of newness and positive aspects of resource constraints, critically departing from assumptions of resource constraints and liabilities of newness. The chapter is based on a multiple AU :1 case study consisting of nascent entrepreneurial processes from inexperienced entrepreneurs with severely constrained access...
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This study evaluates the impact of an entrepreneurship program. Two pre-test/post-test surveys were performed among students attending the 2009–2010 and 2010–2011 classes. A third pre-post survey was sent to students enrolled in an innovation management course, who served as the control group. We evaluated the influence of the program/course on ent...
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Using a sample of 7,260 university employees, we investigate how legitimacy, social and human capital influence the employees’ start-up propensity. We find that scientific legitimacy, as measured by the number of recently published peer reviewed scientific articles, and conference papers accepted had no significant effect. Scientific legitimacy mea...
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Business plans are widely spread among new businesses, and they are supported by various universities, governmental assistance agencies, management consultants and a wide array of literature. Business plans are often taken for granted as highly useful tools that should be frequently updated and used. This study is based on data from six companies a...
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We seek to explain why some entrepreneurship articles get more cites. We replicate the Judge et al (2007) research model to investigate whether the same key factors drive the development of citations within the entrepreneurship field. In the process, we also test out a new metric for readability. As is perhaps widely assumed, it may be that the “su...
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Business plans are important management tools for new ventures. One indication of their importance is that about 10 million business plans are written each year, world-wide (Gumpert, 2002). Others are that business plans quite frequently surface in entrepreneurship education, governmental promotion of entrepreneurship as well as in the external fin...
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In the public policy arena, one of the most prevalent components of entrepreneurship promotion consists of the sponsorship of public and university based incubators. Incubators are business support institutions designed to offer an array of services, such as space, infrastructure, advice, training and administrative support meant to accelerate the...
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In the process of starting new ventures, entrepreneurs typically reallocate existing resources to new uses. These resource reallocations challenge the status quo, and are therefore often viewed with suspicion by others (Aldrich & Fiol, 1994). Thus, entrepreneurs need to convince others that the actions required of their new venture are desirable, p...
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This research utilizes a longitudinal methodology to study the entrepreneurial learning strategies of a representative sample (n= 173) of nascent entrepreneurs in Sweden. We examine Sarasvathy’s theory of effectuation with respect to six different learning strategies and their effect on the progression of start-up processes. The results show that t...
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The factors leading nascent entrepreneurs to expend effort writing business plans are examined and the effect such planning has on new organizations is considered. This is part of a larger consideration within institutional theory about whether or not conformity leads to profitability or survival. There were 396 nascent Swedish entrepreneurs invest...
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Waterloo October 2003 © 2003 Benson Honig and Tomas Karlsson. All rights reserved. Short sections may be quoted without permission, if full credit, including this copyright notice, is given to the source. The School of Business & Economics publishes working papers to stimulate discussion of its faculty's ongoing research programs. Your comments to...
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The value of Business planning in general and marketing planning in particular is attested to by numerous textbooks and consultants. Supported by the inability among scholars to find a clear connection between planning and market success, though, we argue that in the case of small, fast-growing firms planning in the traditional sense is largely fut...
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This study explores the development of central entrepreneurship concepts in research articles over time (1989-2007) in four major entrepreneurship journals: Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice (ETP), Journal of Business Venturing (JBV), Small Business Economics (SBE), Entrepreneurship and Regional Development (ERD).We use a semantic approach (Crus...

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How Nascent entrepreneurs create social networks from "scratch", by tracing contact attempts, handling and effects over time.
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Our purpose is to generate scientific knowledge about how team dynamics foster innovation in new firms that may go on to create value. A the majority of all innovative new ventures are started by teams, as opposed to an individual, but little research or theory exists in new venture settings about how members interact with each other over time—team dynamics—to produce innovative technologies, products, and services. Policy makers in Europe, Sweden included, are investing heavily in knowledge creating companies to achieve economic and social objectives, so we believe a systematic study of social and psychological processes that underlie teams’ success in the entrepreneurship process is timely and important. Unique features of our study include: (1) a team level focus on social and psychological processes (assessed from team members), to assess relations to proximal innovation outcomes (assessed from team stakeholders, i.e., customers, suppliers, and investors), and distal value creation outcomes (assessed from archival data, i.e., milestones, employment, sales and profit). (2) Combined qualitative and quantitative research methodologies to provide both theory building and theory testing for the relations of interest. (3) A time-sequential design with data collection every couple of months over two years to allow us to investigate the relations of interest for new ventures between zero and five years of age using several sorts of longitudinal data analyses.