Chapter 6: Entrepreneurship Research: Past, Present and Future
Patricia P. McDougall McDougall, Patricia: Welcome colleagues. I’m very honored and actually quite humbled to be a keynote at what (I think) will prove to be a very historic conference. A distinctiveness that the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management has always had has been our inclusiveness; but I think this Conference takes our culture of inclusiveness to an entirely new level, and I want to commend those who had the vision for this Conference and also to commend those who so successfully executed this Conference. Given my spot as the last keynote (in the ordering of the Conference), I thought it might be appropriate if I used this opportunity to look back a bit at the field and how we have evolved, where we are in entrepreneurship research today and the opportunities for us in the future. There has never been a time in my career when I have felt more excited or more positive about the field of entrepreneurship – and specifically about entrepreneurship research. When I entered the field slightly more than 25 years ago, I never would have predicted the absolutely stimulating and amazing ride that entrepreneurship has been. I could never have predicted that entrepreneurship would be in such an esteemed position that it enjoys today. For those of us who have been around a while, it has been a journey. And it has been a journey from a lack of legitimacy to a point where entrepreneurship is a bright beacon of scholarly opportunity that...
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