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Historical Foundations of Entrepreneurship Research

Historical Foundations of Entrepreneurship Research

Edited by Hans Landström and Franz T. Lohrke

This book historicizes entrepreneurship research, its primary thesis being ‘history matters’. Expert contributors discuss the field’s long history and explore whether it has developed a mature and comprehensive knowledge base. The intellectual roots of several important theories are then examined in depth because, as entrepreneurship research has become more theory driven, and scholars have borrowed theories from many different fields, it becomes increasingly important to understand their origin. Finally, the book demonstrates how economic history research (for example, the historical and institutional context of entrepreneurial behaviour) can contribute to our understanding of entrepreneurship.

Chapter 3: Entrepreneurship Research: Research Communities and Knowledge Platforms

Hans Landström and Olle Persson

Subjects: business and management, entrepreneurship

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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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