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Extending the potential of Baumol’s entrepreneurial allocation theory: Toward the entrepreneur-institution nexus

Zeynab Aeeni (Faculty of Entrepreneurship, University of Tehran, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran)
Mahmoud Motavaseli (Faculty of Economics, University of Tehran, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran)
Kamal Sakhdari (University of Tehran, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran)
Mehrzad Saeedikiya (Faculty of Political, Economic and Social Sciences, University of Milan, Milan, Italy)

Journal of Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies

ISSN: 2053-4604

Article publication date: 12 June 2019

Issue publication date: 21 August 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The underlying assumptions of Baumol’s theory of entrepreneurial allocation limits its potential to answer some key questions related to the entrepreneurship allocation. Hence, this paper aims to highlight the inherent limits of Baumol’s theory and suggest a new approach for understanding the entrepreneur-institution relationship and their functions.

Design/methodology/approach

This is a conceptual paper with a narrow focus on the literature.

Findings

The paper argues that Baumol’s adherence to neoclassic economics assumptions about entrepreneur and institution, such as entrepreneurs as rational choice taker with predetermined goals or institutions as exogenous, limits the potential of his theoretical framework to explain productive entrepreneurship in weak institutional settings. As such, underlying on Austrian economics assumptions about entrepreneur and his/her agency, this paper proposes a reconceptualization of productive entrepreneurship as an outcome of the interaction between entrepreneur and context.

Practical implications

Going beyond Baumol’s main proposition of one-sided influence of institutions on entrepreneurship allocation, this research highlights the influence of individual factors and entrepreneurial action on choosing entrepreneurial paths by entrepreneurs. So, future policies to stimulate productive entrepreneurship should consider these factors and go beyond Baumol’s mere focus on institutional improvement.

Originality/value

Going beyond one-sided influence of institutions on entrepreneurship allocation, this paper suggests an interaction centric approach which considers the role of actors and institutions as the co-creator of each other in the social process and argues that any effort for explaining the entrepreneurship should consider the co-creative nature of the actors and institutions as well as the endogenous nature of institutions. The proposed approach will help expanding entrepreneurship literature through finding answers to some key under-examined questions in the promising research stream of entrepreneurship allocation.

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Citation

Aeeni, Z., Motavaseli, M., Sakhdari, K. and Saeedikiya, M. (2019), "Extending the potential of Baumol’s entrepreneurial allocation theory: Toward the entrepreneur-institution nexus", Journal of Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies, Vol. 11 No. 3, pp. 416-435. https://doi.org/10.1108/JEEE-07-2018-0067

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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