Embracing Entrepreneurship Across Disciplines

Embracing Entrepreneurship Across Disciplines

Ideas and Insights from Engineering, Science, Medicine and Arts

Edited by Satish Nambisan

Unique ideas, insights and themes from diverse disciplines—from engineering, science and medicine to arts, design, and music—have the potential to enrich and deepen our understanding of entrepreneurship. This book brings together contributions from an eclectic set of entrepreneurship scholars and educators from different fields to advance cross-disciplinary entrepreneurial thinking.

Chapter 1: Entrepreneurship perspectives: an introduction

Satish Nambisan

Subjects: business and management, entrepreneurship, management and universities, education, management education


In the past decade or so, the study of entrepreneurship has expanded well beyond its traditional home in business schools. Scholars and educators in fields such as engineering, medicine/healthcare, science, arts/music, design, and architecture have shown great interest in entrepreneurship and indicated their potential to bring unique perspectives and insights on this topic. Terms such as ‘engineering entrepreneurship,’ ‘design entrepreneurship,’ ‘life sciences entrepreneurship,’ ‘health entrepreneurship,’ and ‘arts entrepreneurship’ (and the academic communities built around these topics in the respective fields) reflect this rapidly emerging research and pedagogical interest on issues related to entrepreneurship among scholars outside the business field. Indeed, entrepreneurship-related programs and courses tailored to the different fields and domains continue to be created in many schools and universities. These initiatives have also given rise to diverse field- or discipline-specific perspectives of entrepreneurship. While there are some differences among these ‘entrepreneurship perspectives,’ there is also considerable opportunity to cross-fertilize and/or integrate unique ideas and insights on entrepreneurship from the different fields. Such an opportunity currently remains largely untapped. There are numerous books and articles on entrepreneurship written by scholars in the business academia. However, given their primary focus (on business and management areas) and the nature of their audience (largely business school academics and students), there is very limited attention paid to entrepreneurship as interpreted in non-business fields such as engineering, science, arts, design, and health/medicine.