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Bo Carlsson, Pontus Braunerhjelm, Maureen McKelvey, Christer Olofsson, Lars Persson
The Evolving Domain of Entrepreneurship Research
() and Håkan Ylinenpää
Abstract: Research on entrepreneurship has flourished in recent
years and is evolving rapidly. This paper explores the history of
entrepreneurship research, how the research domain has evolved, and its
current status as an academic field. The need to concretize these issues
stems partly from a general interest to define the current research domain,
partly from the more specific tasks confronting the prize committee of the
Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research.
developed in many sub-fields within several disciplines – primarily
economics, management/business administration, sociology, psychology,
economic and cultural anthropology, business history, strategy, marketing,
finance, and geography – representing a variety of research traditions,
perspectives, and methods. We present an analytical framework that
organizes our thinking about the domain of entrepreneurship research, by
specifying elements, levels of analysis and the process/context. An
overview is provided of where the field stands today and how it is
positioned relative to the existing disciplines and new research fields
upon which it draws.
Areas needed for future progress are highlighted,
particularly the need for a rigorous dynamic theory of entrepreneurship
that relates entrepreneurial activity to economic growth and human welfare.
Moreover, applied work based on more careful design as well as on
theoretical models yielding more credible and robust estimates seems also
Keywords: Entrepreneurship research; Evolution; Academic disciplines; Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: B00; L26; M13; O10; (follow links to similar papers)
28 pages, January 2, 2013
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