Elgar original reference
Edited by Markus Reihlen and Andreas Werr
Professional services are among the fastest growing industries in modern economies. Our systematic understanding of the processes underlying the identification and exploitation of new business opportunities in this sector is, however, limited and scattered. This handbook is intended as a step towards bringing together and further developing some of this knowledge. In the following 19 chapters, 34 scholars from nine countries engage in an endeavor to explore the intersection of the entrepreneurship and professional service fields. For us as editors this handbook project has been a great venture. While our previous publications are in fields related to entrepreneurship, such as knowledge creation and transfer, innovation, new organizational forms, opportunity seeking through internationalization, and learning through client–consultant interactions, we have not considered ourselves as typical entrepreneurship researchers. This changed when Royston Greenwood asked one of us at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management in Anaheim in 2008 to take on the job of editing this handbook. This was the starting point of our venture, which has truly been a very rewarding cooperative learning experience for the editors and, we hope, for the contributors as well. As with most projects of this kind, this has been a longer and more time-consuming process than anticipated. All chapters were peer-reviewed by both editors and at least one other contributor. The underlying idea of using our contributors as reviewers had not only practical reasons; it also facilitated the creation of a community of scholars who are working at the crossroads of professional...