Rural entrepreneurship in Europe

Sophia Stathopoulou (Department of Economics, University of Patras, Patras, Greece)
Demetrios Psaltopoulos (Department of Economics, University of Patras, Patras, Greece)
Dimitris Skuras (Department of Economics, University of Patras, Patras, Greece)

International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research

ISSN: 1355-2554

Publication date: 1 December 2004


The present work provides an integrated view of rural entrepreneurship and sets the agenda for future research in the area. Rurality defines a territorially specific entrepreneurial milieu with distinct physical, social and economic characteristics. Location, natural resources and the landscape, social capital, rural governance, business and social networks, as well as information and communication technologies, exert dynamic and complex influences on entrepreneurial activity in rural areas. Rurality is viewed as a dynamic entrepreneurial resource that shapes both opportunities and constraints. Rural entrepreneurship is depicted as a three‐stage sequential process highly influenced by specific territorial characteristics. The proposed research agenda addresses issues related to theoretical studies concerning entrepreneurial processes in rural areas and more applied issues concerning the formulation of integrated and competent policies supporting entrepreneurship in such areas.



Stathopoulou, S., Psaltopoulos, D. and Skuras, D. (2004), "Rural entrepreneurship in Europe", International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, Vol. 10 No. 6, pp. 404-425.

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