Frontiers in European Entrepreneurship Research
Frontiers in European Entrepreneurship series
Edited by Friederike Welter, David Smallbone and Anita Van Gils
Friederike Welter, David Smallbone and Anita Van Gils INTRODUCING RENT XXIV IN MAASTRICHT This volume represents a selection of the best papers from the 127 presented at the RENT XXIV Conference, held at the Maastricht University in the Netherlands in November 2010. As such, it provides a window on contemporary European research in the field of entrepreneurship and small business. The selected papers contribute to the overall conference theme of ‘Entrepreneurial processes in a changing economy’, by taking a closer look at what constitutes entrepreneurial processes, how entrepreneurs develop their businesses and access critical resources in times of crisis and which roles knowledge and innovation play in continuous venture development. INTRODUCING THE CHAPTERS Chapter 2 represents a revised version of the keynote address presented by Mike Wright at the RENT conference. The author discusses the links between entrepreneurial mobility, resource orchestration and different facets of context. In a world that appears to be struggling to maintain economic growth, where corporate insolvencies increase and access to financial resources are severely constrained, entrepreneurial adaptability and mobility are challenged. While today’s economic conditions might offer opportunities for new types of entrepreneurial mobility, they also pose challenges for assembling the resources required for opportunity exploitation and venture development. It is here that the author draws attention to the context in which entrepreneurship takes place as the changing economy emphasizes the need to understand contexts and their impact on venture survival, success and entrepreneurial processes. Entrepreneurial mobility includes organizational mobility, and the chapter focuses on...