European Research in Entrepreneurship series
Edited by Alain Fayolle, Paula Kyrö and Francisco Liñán
Introduction: the role of European research in understanding entrepreneurship
This new volume in the European Research in Entrepreneurship series continues to advance knowledge in the field of entrepreneurship. Following the spirit of this book series, this volume seeks to continue identifying and making visible the common elements that underlie entrepreneurship research in Europe. In this case, the specific focus is placed on the role played by education, research, context and strategy in the process leading from the development of new entrepreneurial activity to the shaping of this activity, and to the growing of entrepreneurial projects. The European University Network on Entrepreneurship (ESU) evolved from an initial idea to create a common space for scholars and doctoral students in which they could learn from each other. One of the central themes has been entrepreneurship education, since participants in the network have been keenly aware of the increased importance attached to developing entrepreneurship. Over more than a decade, ESU has shown that there are many commonalities in European research that can be built upon. A wide diversity has also been shown, but the existence of a constructive and collaborative approach has allowed this diversity to make an enriching contribution to the network in particular, and to entrepreneurship research in general. In this sense, the volumes making up this series are a good example of the existence of this joint research approach in Europe.