Entrepreneurship research and its historical background

Authored by: Hans Landström

The Routledge Companion to Entrepreneurship

Print publication date:  September  2014
Online publication date:  September  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415631761
eBook ISBN: 9780203096512
Adobe ISBN: 9781136218620


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Scientific knowledge has grown significantly in recent decades and many research fields have witnessed a huge increase in the number of scholars, conferences, published articles and journals. Entrepreneurship is no exception and it could even be argued that, compared to many other research fields, it has been tremendously successful. The main explanation for the popularity and success of entrepreneurship research is that the topic is important for societal dynamics and growth. It is a relevant issue for politicians and policy makers in many countries around the world and a great deal of resources have been made available for research and education. In this chapter I will argue that not only is entrepreneurship research important, but also that scholars in the field have been very successful in formulating interesting research questions and conducting interesting research. These scholars have always been very open-minded when it comes to recognizing changes in society as well as experimental in their use of methods and not afraid to challenge the assumptions of both their own field and mainstream disciplines, in theory as well as in practice. This has attracted new researchers from other fields (Landström and Benner 2010), making entrepreneurship a fast-growing research area in recent decades (Landström et al. 2012).

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