Theory, Practice and Futures
Chapter 2: The intellectual foundations of entrepreneurial ecosystems
While the popularity of entrepreneurial ecosystems is new, the idea is based on a foundation of prior work. This chapter locates the origins of entrepreneurial ecosystem concepts in five research domains: high-growth entrepreneurship, context, embeddedness, clusters and regional innovation systems, and finally entrepreneurial environments. The emergence of ecosystem thinking is also linked with three changes in how entrepreneurship and economic development policies are done: lean business models, digital affordances, and local policy devolution. This chapter examines all these research foundations and identifies the salient points they contribute to entrepreneurial ecosystems.
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