The Evolving Domain of Entrepreneurship Research

IFN Working Paper No. 948

Posted: 22 Jul 2014

See all articles by Lars Persson

Lars Persson

Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Pontus Braunerhjelm

Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) - Department of Infrastructural and Urban Planning (INFRA); Örebro University - Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum

Maureen McKelvey

Göteborg University

Bo Carlsson

Case Western Reserve University - Department of Economics

Christer Olofsson

Independent

Hakan Ylinenpaa

Independent

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

Research on entrepreneurship has flourished in recent years and is evolving rapidly. This paper explores the history of entrepreneurship research, how the research domain has evolved, and its current status as an academic field. The need to concretize these issues stems partly from a general interest to define the current research domain, partly from the more specific tasks confronting the prize committee of the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research.

Entrepreneurship has developed in many sub-fields within several disciplines - primarily economics, management/business administration, sociology, psychology, economic and cultural anthropology, business history, strategy, marketing, finance, and geography - representing a variety of research traditions, perspectives, and methods.

We present an analytical framework that organizes our thinking about the domain of entrepreneurship research, by specifying elements, levels of analysis and the process/context. An overview is provided of where the field stands today and how it is positioned relative to the existing disciplines and new research fields upon which it draws. Areas needed for future progress are highlighted, particularly the need for a rigorous dynamic theory of entrepreneurship that relates entrepreneurial activity to economic growth and human welfare. Moreover, applied work based on more careful design as well as on theoretical models yielding more credible and robust estimates seems also highly warranted.

Keywords: Entrepreneurship research, evolution, academic disciplines, Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research

JEL Classification: B00, L26, M13, O10

Suggested Citation

Persson, Lars and Braunerhjelm, Pontus and McKelvey, Maureen and Carlsson, Bo and Olofsson, Christer and Ylinenpaa, Hakan, The Evolving Domain of Entrepreneurship Research (2013). IFN Working Paper No. 948. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2469075

Lars Persson (Contact Author)

Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN) ( email )

Box 55665
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Stockholm, SE-102 15
Sweden

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

London
United Kingdom

Pontus Braunerhjelm

Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) - Department of Infrastructural and Urban Planning (INFRA) ( email )

SE-100 44 Stockholm
Sweden
+46 8 790 9114 (Phone)
+46 8 411 7436 (Fax)

Örebro University - Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum ( email )

Södra Kungstornet
Kungsgatan 33, 7tr
Stockholm, 11156
Sweden

Maureen McKelvey

Göteborg University ( email )

Viktoriagatan 30
Göteborg, 405 30
Sweden

Bo Carlsson

Case Western Reserve University - Department of Economics ( email )

Cleveland, OH 44106
United States

Christer Olofsson

Independent ( email )

No Address Available

Hakan Ylinenpaa

Independent ( email )

No Address Available

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