This article is an introduction to the special issue from the 4th Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Research Conference held at Imperial College Business School, London, in 2010. The article has two objectives. The first is to summarize the history of the GEM consortium, some of the contributions that it has delivered, and some challenges and opportunities ahead. The second is to present a summary of the papers in the context of the utility of GEM data in comparative entrepreneurship research.
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The original acronym was GOEI, or Global Opportunity and Entrepreneurship Index. The name Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, abbreviated as GEM, was proposed by Erkko Autio, who had just bought the gems for the engagement ring for his future wife.
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Levie, J., Autio, E., Acs, Z. et al. Global entrepreneurship and institutions: an introduction. Small Bus Econ 42, 437–444 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11187-013-9516-6
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