Looking Back at 20 Years of Entrepreneurship Research: What Did We Learn?

Davidsson, Per (2008) Looking Back at 20 Years of Entrepreneurship Research: What Did We Learn? In Lanstrom, Hans, Crijns, Hans, Laveren, Eddy, & Smallbone, David (Eds.) Entrepreneurship, sustainable growth and performance : frontiers in European entrepreneurship research. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, pp. 13-26.

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As one of the participants of the first RENT conference in 1987, and one of those who have stayed in this field of research, I was invited to deliver a keynote address at the 20th anniversary in December, 2006. This short chapter is largely based on that keynote address. What will follow are some personal and hopefully provocative, yet constructive, reflections on the development of the field of entrepreneurship research with a particular eye to European contributions. Before proceeding I should emphasise that I have not undertaken a systematic review of the past 20 years of research, and despite the title I am going to confine my discussion about what we have learnt to a few fundamental ways in which research results have made us rethink the entrepreneurship phenomenon and how it can be researched. I will then turn to the (remaining) challenges of entrepreneurship research and reflect on the past and future roles of European research in this field.

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ID Code: 17224
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship Research, RENT Conference
ISBN: 9781847208538
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Entrepreneurship (150304)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Business Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Edward Elgar
Deposited On: 06 Feb 2009 01:06
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2015 16:05

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