Non-market Entrepreneurship

Non-market Entrepreneurship

Interdisciplinary Approaches

Edited by Gordon E. Shockley, Peter M. Frank and Roger R. Stough

As defined by the editors of this book, ‘non-market entrepreneurship’ consists of all forms of entrepreneurship not being undertaken solely for purposes of profit maximization or commercialization, and encompasses entrepreneurial activities such as social enterprise and entrepreneurship, public sector entrepreneurship, policy entrepreneurship, non-profit entrepreneurship, and philanthropic enterprise, among many others. The eminent cast of contributors gives coherence to the academic and public discussions on the topic, builds a theoretical edifice within the field of entrepreneurship and helps to establish and delineate the contours of the research field of non-market entrepreneurship.

Chapter 1: Introduction: The Emerging Field of Non-market Entrepreneurship

Gordon E. Shockley, Peter M. Frank and Roger R. Stough

Subjects: business and management, entrepreneurship, public management, social entrepreneurship, development studies, social entrepreneurship, politics and public policy, public administration and management, public policy, social entrepreneurship


1. Introduction: the emerging field of non-market entrepreneurship Gordon E. Shockley, Peter M. Frank and Roger R. Stough PART 1. FOUNDATIONS OF NON-MARKET ENTREPRENEURSHIP Non-market Entrepreneurship: Interdisciplinary Approaches represents an initial contribution to building a theoretical edifice within the field of entrepreneurship research to encompass the myriad forms of non-market entrepreneurship, which we define as activity that still partakes of entrepreneurial activity (for example opportunity recognition, proactive action, and so on) but not undertaken solely for the purpose of profit maximization or commercialization. As it matures from borrowed to its own terminology and methods (Cornelius, Landstrom and Persson, 2006, p. 376), general entrepreneurship research is one of the most exciting social scientific fields of inquiry with which to be associated nowadays because of its scope, promise and interdisciplinary demands. Non-market entrepreneurship indeed magnifies the excitement of general entrepreneurship research. Certain forms of non-market entrepreneurship have received more attention in the recent past, such as public sector and policy entrepreneurship. Other fields are presently in vogue, such as social entrepreneurship and (depending on the definition) social enterprise. And still others are just being recognized, many of which appear in these pages. Yet, while some attention has been given to the different forms of non-market entrepreneurship, there has been no attempt to look at them synoptically as theoretically related and possibly comprising a coherent field of research, that is to say, the field of non-market entrepreneurship. And there has been no single academic discipline able...