Enabling Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

Forthcoming in David Audretsch, Al Link, and Mary Walshok, eds. (2014). The Oxford Handbook of Local Competitiveness. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

GMU School of Public Policy Research Paper No. 3

52 Pages Posted: 12 Oct 2014

See all articles by Philip E. Auerswald

Philip E. Auerswald

George Mason University - Schar School of Government and Policy

Date Written: October 7, 2014

Abstract

Governments and non-governmental grant-making organizations that seek to advance local competitiveness have turned increasingly to entrepreneurship-focused interventions. Based on their experience with such interventions, numerous informed practitioners are advocating for approaches that deemphasize direct financial support for entrepreneurs in favor of more broad based strategies of engagement that are aimed at enabling “entrepreneurial ecosystems” on the city or sub-national regional scale. In this chapter, I seriously engage with the idea of the “entrepreneurial ecosystem” to consider what sort of guidance researchers and policy-makers may get by making direct comparisons with the substantial literature on ecosystems in the fields of evolutionary biology and ecology.

Keywords: algorithms; complexity; entrepreneurship; entrepreneurial ecosystems; local competitiveness; recipes

JEL Classification: D2, M13, O18

Suggested Citation

Auerswald, Philip Edgar, Enabling Entrepreneurial Ecosystems (October 7, 2014). Forthcoming in David Audretsch, Al Link, and Mary Walshok, eds. (2014). The Oxford Handbook of Local Competitiveness. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.; GMU School of Public Policy Research Paper No. 3. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2508323

Philip Edgar Auerswald (Contact Author)

George Mason University - Schar School of Government and Policy ( email )

3351 Fairfax Dr.
Arlington, VA 22201
United States

HOME PAGE: http://auerswald.org

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