Entrepreneurship in Cities

Entrepreneurship in Cities

Neighbourhoods, Households and Homes

Entrepreneurship, Space and Place series

Edited by Colin Mason, Darja Reuschke, Stephen Syrett and Maarten van Ham

Entrepreneurship in Cities focuses on the neglected role of the home and the residential neighbourhood context for entrepreneurship and businesses within cities. The overall objective of the book is to develop a new interdisciplinary perspective that links entrepreneurship research with neighbourhood and urban studies. A key contribution is to show that entrepreneurship in cities is more than agglomeration economies and high-tech clusters. This is the first book to connect entrepreneurship with neighbourhoods and homes, recognising that business activity in the city is not confined to central business districts, high streets and industrial estates but is also found in residential neighbourhoods. It highlights the importance of home-based businesses for the economy of cities. These often overlooked types of businesses and workers significantly contribute to the ‘buzz’ that makes cities favourable places to live and work.

Chapter 13: Integrating entrepreneurship with urban and neighbourhood studies: lessons for future research

Darja Reuschke, Colin Mason, Stephen Syrett and Maarten van Ham

Subjects: business and management, entrepreneurship, urban and regional studies, urban studies


This concluding chapter synthesises findings, discusses the role of homes, households and neighbourhoods for entrepreneurship, comments on methods and data needed to do research on the connections between entrepreneurship and homes and neighbourhoods, and finally presents ideas for future research. It argues that concepts of capital theory are key in understanding the links between home, households, neighbourhoods and entrepreneurship. It highlights three key findings: first, multiple resources for entrepreneurship are attributed to neighbourhoods; second, personal and household sources overlap and are closely interrelated; and, third, homes are sources of economic and social capital that are useful for entrepreneurship. The role of neighbourhoods and the domestic sphere for entrepreneurship underlines that not only are cities relevant for entrepreneurship, as they provide localisation and urbanisation benefits, but the symbolic value of some (creative) neighbourhoods can attract (would-be) entrepreneurs, a tolerant culture towards working mothers and ethnic minorities can foster entrepreneurial potential, and the variety of affordable commercial premises and housing helps business start-ups and growth. The chapter defines five areas of interdisciplinary entrepreneurship research: time–space patterns, entrepreneurial capital, social class, family embeddedness and well-being. Combining both quantitative and qualitative methods appears to be particularly fruitful for unravelling networks and neighbourhood characteristics relevant to entrepreneurial activity.

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