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The Distinctive Domain of Entrepreneurship Research

Seminal Ideas for the Next Twenty-Five Years of Advances

ISBN: 978-1-78973-262-7, eISBN: 978-1-78973-261-0

Publication date: 19 June 2019


In this chapter an argument is made for a clear articulation for the exclusive domain of entrepreneurship research. To date, the entrepreneurship academic community has neglected to define clear boundaries as to what distinguishes entrepreneurship scholarship from other closely related fields. It is argued here that the well-worn constructs of firm performance or success and failure of the individual entrepreneur do not provide the field the clarity of purpose and unique domain it desires. Similarly, the context of small business is not what will bring singular clarity for the field. Instead, this chapter argues that entrepreneurship research should be focused upon understanding how opportunities to bring future goods and services into existence occur.




I thank Scott Shane and Atul Nerkar for comments on an earlier draft of this chapter. I am indebted to Lindsay Evans for editorial help with this chapter.


Venkataraman, S. (2019), "The Distinctive Domain of Entrepreneurship Research", Katz, J.A. and Corbet, A.C. (Ed.) Seminal Ideas for the Next Twenty-Five Years of Advances (Advances in Entrepreneurship, Firm Emergence and Growth, Vol. 21), Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 5-20.



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