Hidden in Plain Sight: Untapped Riches of Meso-Level Entrepreneurship Mechanisms

Kim, P. H., Wennberg, K., & Croidieu, G. 2016. Untapped Riches of Meso-Level Applications in Multilevel Entrepreneurship Mechanisms. The Academy of Management Perspectives, 30(3): 273-291.

34 Pages Posted: 1 Nov 2016

See all articles by Phillip H. Kim

Phillip H. Kim

Babson College - Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship

Karl Wennberg

Linkoping University - Institute for Analytical Sociology (IAS)

Grégoire Croidieu

Grenoble Ecole de Management

Date Written: July 1, 2016

Abstract

Entrepreneurial action is embedded within a variety of complex social structures, not all of which can be as easily defined or measured as macro-institutional or micro-individual characteristics, but collectively hold rich insights into the actual causal mechanisms influencing action. To address this problem, we call upon researchers to broaden their levels of analysis and direct their focus to meso-level structures. Although meso-level social structures are widely studied independently, these intermediate levels are seldom integrated into existing multi-level models. We argue that meso-level structures offer untapped riches for enhancing multi-level entrepreneurial mechanisms and discuss how social groups, associations, and other collectives operating at a meso-level can play a more distinct integrative role in between the two ends of the institutional spectrum. To provide practical guidance for pursuing such investigations, we adapt Coleman’s Bathtub model to form a robust framework that integrates micro, meso, and macro levels of analysis. Our framework helps alleviate the shortcomings produced by an over-dependence on either solely macro- or micro-level entrepreneurial mechanisms and brings the hidden intermediate level into plain sight.

Keywords: Institutions, Entrepreneurship, Social Mechanisms

JEL Classification: Z13, M13, B52

Suggested Citation

Kim, Phillip H. and Wennberg, Karl and Croidieu, Grégoire, Hidden in Plain Sight: Untapped Riches of Meso-Level Entrepreneurship Mechanisms (July 1, 2016). Kim, P. H., Wennberg, K., & Croidieu, G. 2016. Untapped Riches of Meso-Level Applications in Multilevel Entrepreneurship Mechanisms. The Academy of Management Perspectives, 30(3): 273-291. . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2862343

Phillip H. Kim

Babson College - Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship ( email )

231 Forest Street
Babson Park, MA 02457-0310
United States

Karl Wennberg (Contact Author)

Linkoping University - Institute for Analytical Sociology (IAS) ( email )

Norrköping, 601 74
Sweden

Grégoire Croidieu

Grenoble Ecole de Management ( email )

12 Rue Pierre Semard
Grenoble, Cedex 01 38000
France

Here is the Coronavirus
related research on SSRN

Paper statistics

Downloads
57
Abstract Views
500
rank
393,767
PlumX Metrics