Chapter 3: Entrepreneurship Research: Research Communities and Knowledge Platforms
Hans Landström and Olle Persson INTRODUCTION In Chapter 2 we learnt, among other things, that entrepreneurship is a highly complex and heterogeneous phenomenon that needs multi-level approaches to be understood. The challenge for entrepreneurship scholars in the future will be to engage in more systematic theory-driven research. Zahra (2005) argued that the importation of theories from other fields is a necessary first step in the creation of unique theories of entrepreneurship – although the effort to invent concepts and theories of its own should not be neglected. However, the importation of theories seems to be a particularly suitable avenue in entrepreneurship research, as the immigration of scholars from other fields into entrepreneurship has for a long time been extensive. Thus, we can expect to find a great potential for the importation of concepts and theories from many different disciplines as well as a ‘melting-pot’ of theories flourishing in entrepreneurship research that can help us understand entrepreneurship – provided that the field is open to such cross-disciplinary efforts. In this chapter we follow the above line of argument, which considers entrepreneurship research as a ‘melting pot’ of concepts and theories from many different disciplines that creates opportunities for cross-disciplinarity and the importation of theories from other fields. Based on bibliometric (i.e. citation-based) analyses, the aim is to (1) analyze the development of research communities and knowledge platforms within the field of entrepreneurship research, and (2) discuss the possibilities of creating a cross-disciplinary and theory-driven entrepreneurship research. This chapter contributes to our understanding...
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