Measures of Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: Why Do We Need Them, Who Will Need Them, and What Will Be Done with Them?

9 Pages Posted: 8 Dec 2015

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Sul

University of New Mexico

Allan John O'Connor

University of Adelaide

Sabine Menu

EM Strasbourg Business School

Takao Ito

Hiroshima University

Date Written: December 8, 2015

Abstract

Many authors have attempted to draw together a perspective on entrepreneurship that captures the influences of the environment. However, the description of the relationships between the entrepreneur, their firms and the broader environment or ecosystem, has varied among theorists. Based on the variations in viewpoint, this paper stops to ask three important questions that underpin the rationale of entrepreneurship ecosystem measurement: 1) Why is it important to measure entrepreneurial ecosystems? 2) Who will make use of a measure of entrepreneurial ecosystems? 3) What will measures of entrepreneurial ecosystems be used for? The contribution of this paper is to illustrate a holistic view of entrepreneurial ecosystem, and focus on the measurement based on our international comparative studies within USA, Australia, France and Japan.

Suggested Citation

Kassicieh, Suleiman K. and O'Connor, Allan John and Menu, Sabine and Ito, Takao, Measures of Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: Why Do We Need Them, Who Will Need Them, and What Will Be Done with Them? (December 8, 2015). 6th Annual George Washington University (GWU)-International Council for Small Business (ICSB) Global Entrepreneurship Research and Policy Conference. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2700795 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2700795

Suleiman K. Kassicieh (Contact Author)

University of New Mexico ( email )

MSC 05-3090
U of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131
United States

Allan John O'Connor

University of Adelaide ( email )

No 233 North Terrace, School of Commerce
Adelaide, South Australia 5005
Australia

Sabine Menu

EM Strasbourg Business School ( email )

PEGE
61 avenue de la ForĂȘt Noire
Strasbourg, 67000
France

Takao Ito

Hiroshima University ( email )

739-0046
Japan

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