Frontiers in European Entrepreneurship Research
Frontiers in European Entrepreneurship series
Edited by Robert Blackburn, Ulla Hytti and Friederike Welter
Chapter 1: Introduction: entrepreneurship, contextual, process and gender differentiations
This volume presents a selection of significant papers from the 139 presented at the RENT Conference XXVII hosted by ISM University of Management and Economics in Vilnius, Lithuania, in November 2013. The RENT Conference is one of the key entrepreneurship research conferences in the world, attended by 176 delegates. Entrepreneurship is an interdisciplinary field with many interesting and continuously emerging sub-fields. While some researchers are striving to push the field toward maturity with core theories with delineated topics and established methodologies, many see entrepreneurship research as an adolescent that continues to experiment and evolve in new directions. Consequently, the RENT XXVII Conference featured papers spanning a variety of topics and units of analyses, as well as methodological approaches and we have sought to reflect this when selecting the papers for this volume. The book also demonstrates how the field is developing, in terms of the lens that is used to examine specific research topics, its approaches and implications. This is evident in this volume in two specific ways. First, the recent focus and importance of ‘context’ illustrates that the entrepreneurship research field is starting to gradually grasp what the implications are for the field. For example, it is not enough to generate new research from emerging economies, as opposed to Western countries. Rather it is important to understand the heterogeneity within the contexts and the continuous changes in the environments in which we are researching entrepreneurship.