Frontiers in European Entrepreneurship Research
Edited by Robert Blackburn, Frédéric Delmar, Alain Fayolle and Friederike Welter
Chapter 1: Introduction: entrepreneurship and wealth creation for economies, organisations and people
This volume presents a selection of the best papers from the 169 presented at the RENT Conference hosted by EMLYON Business School, France in November 2012. The Conference was attended by 271 delegates and is one of the most significant meetings of researchers in the field of entrepreneurship and small businesses in the world. Hence, this anthology illustrates the contemporary issues that leading researchers are investigating within the broad conference theme. Entrepreneurship has already been shown to be a significant source of innovation and economic development but the variations in the contribution at the individual, organisation, region and national levels remain relatively unexplored. The types of contributions – behavioural, economic and social – are also relatively new areas for empirical scrutiny and theoretical development. RENT XXVI produced a range of papers in response to the conference theme, demonstrating the breadth and strength of the field. These spanned papers linked to business support systems and critiques of interventions and institutions aiming to stimulate entrepreneurship, through to analyses of finance, networking, entrepreneurship education, innovation and human capital. Of course, one of the substantial themes in current research is the importance of ‘context’ – the geographical, political and socio-economic milieu within which entrepreneurship takes place – and this notion is embedded in many of these chapters. Hence, the papers selected for the anthology reflect diversity as well as depth of analysis of the field.