Research Corner

PROJECT RESEARCH RESULTS
Forthcoming Article in Journal of Financial Economics

As reported in the Wall Street Journal on November 8, 2006, a paper analyzing a subset of the data submitted to the Business Plan Archive will be published soon in the Journal of Financial Economics.

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Posted by David Kirsch on Nov 14, 2006 | Comments (0)



GENERAL
Using the Archive in the Classroom

So far, the Archive has been used in the classroom in several ways:

1. As an opportunity to talk about the Dot Com Era;

2. As an archival source for historical documents from the Dot Com era; or

3. As a repository of business plans for students to evaluate from a business perspective.


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Posted by David Kirsch on Nov 03, 2006 | Comments (0)



PROJECT NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Scient Waiver

As I tried to acquire records related to Scient Corp., former employees were often reluctant to contribute. Many were worried that they did not have the right to do so because the work-product was the property of Scient Corp. Now, with the bankrupcty process complete, David Wood, Scient trustee and Chief Restructuring Officer, has signed a waiver and license allowing us to collect historical materials related to Scient Corp. So...if you worked for Scient, it's not too late to contribute to the Archive. The signed release is available. See the Scient entry in the Archive or contact us for more information.

Posted by David Kirsch on Sep 01, 2006 | Comments (0)



PROJECT NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Interacting with Founders of Companies in Archive

Prior classes have found that it is critically important to talk to the founders of the companies under study.

Here are some guidelines to bear in mind when dealing with the target companies:

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Posted by David Kirsch on Jan 22, 2005 | Comments (1)



PROJECT NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Guidelines and Recommendations for Studying Companies

Specific assignments will vary according to where a given instructor sees the Archive fitting into their course aims. Regardless, any student using the Archive will be expected to bring critical analytic and research skills to bear upon the selected company.

Please read on for some suggestions about how to research the companies in the Archive.

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Posted by David Kirsch on Jan 22, 2005 | Comments (0)



PROJECT NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Recommendations for Using the Archive

Each course will be using the Archive for different purposes. To reduce overlap, and especially to take advantage of each other’s efforts, when you select a company or collection of documents to work on, please post a “Comment” on that company’s main Archive entry page announcing what you’re doing.

Please read on for further details about how to keep the rest of the user community informed of your plans.

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Posted by David Kirsch on Jan 22, 2005 | Comments (0)



PROJECT NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Ground Rules for Spring Semester 2005 Courses

As the new semester gets underway, classes at several universities (in addition to those here at Maryland) will be using the Business Plan Archive for research and instruction in entrepreneurship and related fields.

Please read on for description of rules governing use of Archive materials.

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Posted by David Kirsch on Jan 22, 2005 | Comments (0)



PROJECT RESEARCH RESULTS
Open Source History

Along with project team member Andrew Russell, we are developing the idea of Open Source History. Elsewhere, I have tried to describe OSH as follows: "Open Source History theorizes a novel type of historical metanarrative generated collectively by the interactions among historical agents. The term Open Source History refers to both the process by which such accounts are generated and the content of the accounts themselves." We will be working to flesh this out, but in the meantime, comments and feedback are welcome.

Posted by David Kirsch on Aug 03, 2004 | Comments (3)



PROJECT NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Research Corner Now Working

Well, no kidding; if you're reading this, you already know that we've launched a new "Research Corner" feature. The idea is to allow people to follow our progress and share ideas about...

...the Dot Com Era;
...how it will be remembered;
...how the project is going;
...new research results and reactions thereto;
...other items of interest to participants and researchers.

Check it out; feel free to add your $.02 as we go along.

- david k.

Posted by David Kirsch on Aug 02, 2004 | Comments (1)



PROJECT NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Dot Com Archive Launched

The companion to the Business Plan Archive, the Dot Com Archive, is now online and accepting contributions. We are inviting anyone who worked in, founded or even just lived through the Dot Com Era to tell us about their experience. The Dot Com Archive is at www.dotcomarchive.org.

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Posted by David Kirsch on Aug 02, 2004 | Comments (0)



BIBLIOGRAPHY / BOOK REVIEWS
John Cassidy, Dot Con: The Greatest Story Ever Sold

I reviewed Dot Con for Enterprise and Society, the journal of the Business History Conference. This is a slightly longer version of the review than the one that appeared in the journal in June, 2004, vol. 5, no.2: 347-349.

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Posted by David Kirsch on Aug 02, 2004 | Comments (1)