A Research Agenda for Entrepreneurship and Context

A Research Agenda for Entrepreneurship and Context

Elgar Research Agendas

Edited by Friederike Welter and William B. Gartner

There is growing recognition that entrepreneurship can be better understood within its context(s). This carefully designed book invites readers to take a journey: from reflecting critically on where the discussion on context and entrepreneurship stands today towards identifying future research questions and themes that deserve the attention of entrepreneurship scholars. This collection draws attention to the research challenges the entrepreneurship field faces by reviewing the many facets of contexts and by reflecting on methods and theoretical approaches that are required in order to contextualize entrepreneurship research. Students and academics interested in context and entrepreneurship will benefit from this far-reaching and forward-thinking book.

Chapter 1: The context of contextualizing contexts

Friederike Welter, William B. Gartner and Mike Wright

Subjects: business and management, entrepreneurship

Abstract

This chapter provides a context for a discussion of contexts in entrepreneurship through the form of a conversation that begins with insights into our motivations for focusing on context: looking at differences and variation. Suggestions are offered that more attention be paid to the ‘how to’ of contextualizing theories and practice.