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Evolution, roots and influence of the rural entrepreneurship literature: a bibliometric account

Ehsan Masoomi (Department of Agricultural Extension and Education, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran)
Kurosh Rezaei-Moghaddam (Department of Agricultural Extension and Education, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran)
Aurora Castro Teixeira (Faculdade de Economia, Universidade do Porto, Porto, Portugal)

Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy

ISSN: 1750-6204

Article publication date: 18 January 2023

Issue publication date: 27 February 2024

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to investigate the evolution, roots and influence of the rural entrepreneurship literature.

Design/methodology/approach

Using a bibliometric exercise, the analysis starts with investigation of studies on entrepreneurship and gathering all (772) articles on rural entrepreneurship (from 1981 to 2020) found in both Scopus and Web of Science up to 15 August 2020. Citation analysis of the references/citations of 755 articles are listed in the abstract database, generating a citation database involving 46,432 references/citations. This paper considers 635 (out of the 772) articles on rural entrepreneurship (i.e. articles cited in one or more studies), generating a database of 10,767 studies influenced by the rural entrepreneurship literature.

Findings

This study discovers that the relative importance of rural entrepreneurship within the entrepreneurship literature has increased in the last few years, but rural entrepreneurship remains a European concern; the most frequently addressed topics include growth and development, institutional frameworks and governance and rurality, with theory building being rather understudied. Most of the studies on rural entrepreneurship are empirical, involving mainly qualitative analyses and targeting high income countries; rural entrepreneurship is rooted in the fields of economics and entrepreneurship and is relatively self-referential.

Originality/value

This study provides a comprehensive and updated investigation of evolution of the rural entrepreneurship literature. The assessment of the literature’s scientific roots of rural entrepreneurship had not yet been tackled before. To the best of the author’s knowledge this study can be considered as the first effort for identifying the scientific influence of the rural entrepreneurship literature.

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Acknowledgements

The authors greatly appreciate the reviewers who have dedicated their considerable time and expertise to improve this paper.

Citation

Masoomi, E., Rezaei-Moghaddam, K. and Teixeira, A.C. (2024), "Evolution, roots and influence of the rural entrepreneurship literature: a bibliometric account", Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy, Vol. 18 No. 2, pp. 174-206. https://doi.org/10.1108/JEC-04-2022-0065

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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