The field of entrepreneurship research: Some significant developments

Davidsson, Per (2016) The field of entrepreneurship research: Some significant developments. In Bögenhold, D., Bonnet, J., Dejardin, M., & Garcia Perez de Lema, D. (Eds.) Contemporary Entrepreneurship: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Innovation and Growth. Springer, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 17-28.

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This chapter discusses significant developments in the field of entrepreneurship research. These include, but are not limited to:

  • (a) considerable growth in volume, quality, and theory-drivenness;

  • (b) a drift of the main emphasis from small scale and independent ownership towards newness and novelty realized through a multitude of organizational solutions;

  • (c) interest in multiple aspects of the entrepreneurial individual beyond personality;

  • (d) moving beyond the individuals towards teams, networks and social capital;

  • (e) viewing entrepreneurship as a multi-level phenomenon, with increased emphasis on outcomes beyond the individual- and firm-level financial result;

  • (f) realizing the heterogeneous, context-dependent and process nature of entrepreneurial practice, along with the challenges to generalizability and research design that follow from this.

These developments, including the increased focus on theory and theoretical contributions, have served the field well. This said, the author argues that we are now at a juncture where recognizing a broader set of types of scholarly contributions would be even more beneficial.

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ID Code: 96204
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: Entrepreneurship, Nascent, Newness, Opportunity, Small Business
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-28134-6_2
ISBN: 9783319281346
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 Entrepreneurship
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Springer
Deposited On: 15 Jun 2016 22:58
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2016 13:48

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