European Research in Entrepreneurship series
Edited by Alain Fayolle and Paula Kyrö
Entrepreneurship as a research ﬁeld emerged out of the changes and dynamics that we could identify in society during the 1970s and 1980s. Early research within the ﬁeld was strongly rooted in the development of society at that time. Since then, entrepreneurship research has matured, and has become less sensitive to changes in society – the research has ‘travelled away’ from the strong societal orientation that we could ﬁnd in the early days of entrepreneurship research. Instead it has become more inwardlooking and more narrowly focused on theoretical research issues. As a consequence, we can question ourselves whether entrepreneurship research still focuses on the important questions in society – questions that have an impact on wealth creation in society. This journey away from the strong societal orientation is occurring at the same time as the world, and not least the European scene, is changing more than ever. The diversity of entrepreneurial activities and innovativeness within European countries is pronounced, and this is an important issue that demands a better understanding of the relationship between entrepreneurship and society. Against this background, the theme for this book, edited by Alain Fayolle and Paula Kyrö, on the dynamics between entrepreneurship, environment and education is very timely – entrepreneurship research needs to be rooted in the changes that occur in society, and this book provides an excellent example of research topics that highlights the relationship between society and entrepreneurship research. Entrepreneurship is a relatively new ﬁeld of research, not more than 20–25 years old – or little...