Evolving Concepts and Processes
European Research in Entrepreneurship series
Edited by Odd Jarl Borch, Alain Fayolle, Paula Kyrö and Elisabet Ljunggren
Introduction: Becoming an Entrepreneur and Developing Entrepreneurial Behaviour
Paula Kyrö, Odd Jarl Borch, Alain Fayolle and Elisabet Ljunggren EVOLVING CONCEPTS AND CONTEXTS OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP The purpose of this third book in the series ‘European Research in Entrepreneurship’ is to demonstrate the importance of entrepreneurship research at a time of turbulent environments, to present important avenues of research, and to illustrate differences in entrepreneurship between countries and regions. We emphasize the questions of why, what and how to study entrepreneurship. By making links to the two previous books in this series we are able to illuminate some trends in European entrepreneurship research and to illustrate how European research on entrepreneurship has evolved since our first book in 2005. At that time we anticipated that the European entrepreneurship debate would gain in strength and find its own profile by revisiting its European roots in the global landscape. In the second book in 2008, these expectations were identified to gather around three research orientations. First, the European approach contextualizes rather than isolates research settings. Second, more than before it views entrepreneurship as a dynamic learning and developmental process whatever the context, and third, the new ideological dialogue of entrepreneurship has started to expand its scope from business to society. In 2005 our expectations for the question ‘why study entrepreneurship?’ related to the role and value of entrepreneurial practices in society and economy, which concerns the need to provide new work and wealth for citizens in a complex and changing reality. In this respect our prediction is more than valid today....