Let’s Take the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Metaphor Seriously!

Journal of Business Venturing Insights, Vol. 11, June, Article e00124, 2019

23 Pages Posted: 18 Jul 2019

Date Written: July 18, 2019

Abstract

The notion of entrepreneurial ecosystems (EEs) has garnered considerable attention in the academic discourse. However, quite often this notion is treated as just a biological metaphor that should not be taken too seriously. I challenge this view and ask in a thought experiment what could be learned from the management of natural ecosystems to assist the development of EEs. The outcome is a novel, service-based definition of EEs and five suggested principles for the management of EEs that might advance theorizing on them and future empirical analysis.

Keywords: entrepreneurial ecosystem, entrepreneurial ecosystem services, entrepreneurial ecosystems management

JEL Classification: L26

Suggested Citation

Kuckertz, Andreas, Let’s Take the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Metaphor Seriously! (July 18, 2019). Journal of Business Venturing Insights, Vol. 11, June, Article e00124, 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3422074 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3422074

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