Nascent Entrepreneurship: Current Research Directions and Controversies

47 Pages Posted: 12 Feb 2018 Last revised: 21 Jun 2018

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Gerson Tuazon

University of Auckland - Business School

Cristiano Bellavitis

Auckland Business School, Management and International Business

Igor Filatotchev

City University London - Sir John Cass Business School

Date Written: January 29, 2018

Abstract

Given the growing interest in nascent entrepreneurs - individuals who are actively taking steps towards the creation of a new business but who are not entrepreneurs yet - we examine main themes and controversies emerging from nascent entrepreneurship literature. We develop a three- stage chart along which nascent entrepreneurs operate: Antecedents, activities and outcomes. In each stage, we review the literature, identify the main theoretical debates and propose future research directions. We make three contributions. First, we present a comprehensive review of nascent entrepreneurship research (1997-2017), with a focus on papers published after the Davidsson (2006) review. Second, we propose an integrative theoretical framework that highlights how nascent entrepreneurship research has been applied across three stages and summarize and reconcile current debates. Finally, based on the shortcomings and challenges revealed through the literature review, we identify and discuss avenues for future research, including suggestions to integrate the different stages and better understand nascent entrepreneurs. We hope that our study is a first step toward the creation of an overarching theory of nascent entrepreneurship.

Keywords: Nascent entrepreneurs, nascent entrepreneurship, literature review, multistage theory

JEL Classification: M13, L26

Suggested Citation

Tuazon, Gerson and Bellavitis, Cristiano and Filatotchev, Igor, Nascent Entrepreneurship: Current Research Directions and Controversies (January 29, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3112511 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3112511

Gerson Tuazon

University of Auckland - Business School ( email )

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Cristiano Bellavitis (Contact Author)

Auckland Business School, Management and International Business ( email )

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Auckland, Auckland 0000
New Zealand

Igor Filatotchev

City University London - Sir John Cass Business School ( email )

106 Bunhill Row
London, EC1Y 8TZ
United Kingdom

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