# 2013 Awards for Excellence

ISSN: 0025-1747

Publication date: 11 March 2014

## Abstract

#### Citation

(2014), "2013 Awards for Excellence", Management Decision, Vol. 52 No. 1. https://doi.org/10.1108/MD.00152aaa.001

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

## 2013 Awards for Excellence

Article Type: 2013 Awards for Excellence From: Management Decision, Volume 52, Issue 1

The following article was selected for this year's Outstanding Paper Award for Management Decision

Entrepreneurship as connecting: some implications for theorising and practice''

Alistair R. Anderson
Centre for Entrepreneurship, Aberdeen Business School, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK

Sarah Drakopoulou Dodd
ALBA Graduate School of Business, ALBA, Vouliagmeni, Greece

Sarah L. Jack
Lancaster University Management School, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK

Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to consider why entrepreneurship theorising has become fragmented and how the research problem might be resolved.
Design/methodology/approach - The authors first examine how entrepreneurial constructs reflect only part of what we mean'' by the construct to argue that we use different social constructions. This explains why theories are fragmented. But the authors then ask how we might use and reconcile this diversity, pointing to the utility of the constructs as part of a complex whole. The authors discuss entrepreneurship as a complex adaptive system showing how connections and relatedness help explain the power of entrepreneurship to use and adapt to change.
Research implications - The authors' proposition of entrepreneurial endeavours as a complex adaptive system provides a fresh theoretical platform to examine aspects of entrepreneurship and improve theorising.
Practical implications - The authors argue that this idea of connecting can also be used at the level of practice - how the connections that entrepreneurs use may help to explain some of what goes on in entrepreneurial practice.
Originality/value - The paper's contribution is a relatively novel way of connecting diverse theorising.
Keywords Social construction, Entrepreneurship theory, Ontology, Epistemology, Complexity theory, Entrepreneurship as a complex adaptive system, Entrepreneurs, Adaptive system theory

This article originally appeared in Volume 50 Number 5, 2012 Management Decision

The following articles were selected for this year's Highly Commended Award

The new logic in building isomorphic theory of management decision realities''

Arch G. Woodside, Eunju Ko, Tzung-Cheng (T.C.) Huan

This article originally appeared in Volume 50 Number 5, 2012, Management Decision

Entrepreneurship research''

David Audretsch

This article originally appeared in Volume 50 Number 5, 2012, Management Decision

Talent management decision making''

Vlad Vaiman, Hugh Scullion, David Collings

This article originally appeared in Volume 50 Number 5, 2012, Management Decision

Outstanding Reviewers

Christopher E. Stevens, Hao Chen