Use this URL to cite or link to this record in EThOS:
Title: Venture capital : institutional allocation & post-investment control
Author: Drewery, J. W.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3432 8432
Awarding Body: Manchester Business School
Current Institution: University of Manchester
Date of Award: 1974
Availability of Full Text:
Access from EThOS:
The allocation of venture capital by U.K. financial institutions to entrepreneurs leading embryo companies was examined by field work carried out within the framework of a theoretical model. Venture capital was first defined as the financial support given to new, small companies, in a situation where the provider of funds could reasonably expect to be involved in the management of the business, either actively, or by giving frequent advice. As a result of preliminary interviews, a model of the relationships between entrepreneur, venture capitalist and sources of funds was built, and a questionnaire designed to explore the adequacy of the model in commenting on choice behaviour in this area of investment under uncertainty. Twenty eight venture capital institutions and thirteen of the entrepreneurs they supported were interviewed within the structure of the questionnaire. An attempt was made, by the use of condensed case studies, or 'scenarios' to reveal the aspects of an investment onto which expectations were focussed. This, together with an examination of selection criteria employed to evaluate proposals, was used to comment on the influences at work on venture capitalists' choice behaviour. The results of the empirical work led to the classification of venture capitalists into three groups. This taxonomy was used as a thread throughout the study. Study of the relationship be~ entrepreneur and capitalist, and the post-investment controls imposed led to the further classification of investors into "managers" (those who managed projects subsequent to investing) and "gamblers" (those who invested and awaited results). The theoretical model was found to provide a good description of the influences at work on choice behaviour, and to be of more immediate relevance than existing theories of uncertainty
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available