Entrepreneurial activity is currently a primary concern of many developed economies that struggle with changes in their industrial structures. Many of the traditionally strong industries are encountering strong global competition and declining markets, and national competitiveness is often said to be built on new entrepreneurial firms that are able to grow in global markets. The facilitating national systems for these firms are covered in the emerging start-up ecosystem discussion. This chapter aims to contribute to this discussion by incorporating an analysis of the variety of actors and activities needed in start-up industries that rely on competence bloc theory. Furthermore, inspired by cultural-historical activity theory, the study specifies the contextual-, temporal- and renewal-related determinants of the activity of start-up ecosystems. As a result, a framework for examining start-up ecosystems as platforms for high-growth entrepreneurship is proposed in terms of its core constituencies that influence the emergence and non-emergence of high-growth firms.
Sipola, S., Puhakka, V. and Mainela, T. (2016), "A Start-Up Ecosystem as a Structure and Context for High Growth", Global Entrepreneurship: Past, Present & Future (Advances in International Management, Vol. 29), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 179-202. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1571-502720160000029012Download as .RIS
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