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 13: Advancing our research agenda for entrepreneurship and contexts

Friederike Welter and William B. Gartner

Subjects: business and management, entrepreneurship


The Editors offer their views about important issues for advancing a research agenda on entrepreneurship and contexts, and they offer an invitation to readers to add their own ideas to this agenda. We suggest that scholars talk about contexts (plural) instead of context (singular). Furthermore, in building on the chapters in this volume, we suggest that more attention needs to be paid to: the ‘subjective’ aspects of contexts as reflected in: cognitions, language, and sense-making; the intersectionality of temporal, historical and spatial contexts; together with the process elements of contexts. In order to tackle the theoretical and methodological challenges in contextualizing entrepreneurship we put forward a call for more transdisciplinary work in the entrepreneurship field.

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