Nascent Entrepreneurship: Current Research Directions and Controversies
47 Pages Posted: 12 Feb 2018 Last revised: 21 Jun 2018
Date Written: January 29, 2018
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
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