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Strategic entrepreneurship: mapping a research field

Katharina Schröder (University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany)
Victor Tiberius (University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany)
Ricarda B. Bouncken (University of Bayreuth, Bayreuth, Germany)
Sascha Kraus (Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Bolzano, Italy)

International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research

ISSN: 1355-2554

Article publication date: 30 December 2020

Issue publication date: 19 March 2021




Strategic entrepreneurship (SE) depicts the nexus of strategic management and entrepreneurship, suggesting that firms can create superior wealth when simultaneously pursuing advantage-seeking and opportunity-seeking behavior. As the rapid growth in SE research led to a multidisciplinary, scattered and fragmented literature landscape, the authors aim to structure this research field.


The authors employ a bibliographic coupling and literature review of the strategic entrepreneurship research field.


The authors identify and describe five major research streams with 15 sub-themes in recent SE research. Based on our findings, the authors propose an integrated research framework and research gaps for future research.


To the authors’ knowledge, this is the first review on SE based on a bibliographic coupling.



Schröder, K., Tiberius, V., Bouncken, R.B. and Kraus, S. (2021), "Strategic entrepreneurship: mapping a research field", International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, Vol. 27 No. 3, pp. 753-776.



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