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Introduction: The Sociology of Entrepreneurship

The Sociology of Entrepreneurship

ISBN: 978-0-7623-1433-1, eISBN: 978-1-84950-498-0

ISSN: 0733-558X

Publication date: 23 April 2007


The sociology of entrepreneurship is a blossoming field of research, but its scholarly contribution has been critiqued for its lack of coherence and intellectual distance from the sociological mainstream. In this article, we critically examine the theoretical presuppositions of the field, trace its historical origins, and attempt to situate the sociology of entrepreneurship within the sociological canon. We place special emphasis on the contribution of Max Weber, whose early work provides a useful template for a comprehensive approach to understanding the context, process, and effects of entrepreneurial activity. We conclude by locating contemporary approaches to entrepreneurship – including the contributions in this volume – within this neo-Weberian framework.


Ruef, M. and Lounsbury, M. (2007), "Introduction: The Sociology of Entrepreneurship", Ruef, M. and Lounsbury, M. (Ed.) The Sociology of Entrepreneurship (Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Vol. 25), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 1-29.



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