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Unpacking entrepreneurship as collective activity: opportunities, activity and context

Entrepreneurial Strategic Content

ISBN: 978-1-84855-422-1, eISBN: 978-1-84855-423-8

Publication date: 21 May 2009


In “The next wave of entrepreneurship research,” Schoonhoven and Romanelli (hereafter S&R, this volume) set forth a broad-gauge review of recent work in entrepreneurship. They challenge standard debates and focus on arguments and research that explore large-scale contextual variation in complex ecologies of entrepreneurship over time. Further, their review puts networks and teams, communities of expertise and knowledge, and collective activity at the center of new directions for entrepreneurial research. They contend, in this paper and elsewhere, that the important questions going forward “concern the mass effects of entrepreneurial activity on the creation of new firms and industries, the pioneering of emerging markets, the evolution of existing industries, the development of regional economies, and even … the competitiveness of nations” (Schoonhoven & Romanelli, 2001, p. 383).


Sarasvathy, S., Dew, N. and Ventresca, M.J. (2009), "Unpacking entrepreneurship as collective activity: opportunities, activity and context", Lumpkin, G.T. and Katz, J.A. (Ed.) Entrepreneurial Strategic Content (Advances in Entrepreneurship, Firm Emergence and Growth, Vol. 11), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 261-281.



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