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Challenging Entrepreneurship Research

1st Edition

Edited by Hans Landstrom, Annaleena Parhankangas, Alain Fayolle, Philippe Riot


290 pages | 7 B/W Illus.

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The growth of entrepreneurship research has been accompanied by an increased convergence and institutionalization of the field. In many ways this is of course positive, but it also represents how the field has become "mainstream" with the concomitant risk that individual scholars become embedded in a culture and incentive system that emphasizes and rewards incremental research questions, while reducing the incentives for scholars to conduct challenging research.

This book challenges this status quo from accepted theories, methodologies and paradigmatic assumptions, to the relevance (or lack of) for contemporary practice and the impact of key journals on scholars’ directions in entrepreneurship research.

An invited selection of the younger generation of scholars within the field of entrepreneurship research adopt a critical and constructive posture on what has been achieved in entrepreneurship research, the main assumptions which underly it, but also open-up new paths for creative entrepreneurship research in the future. This is a must-read for all scholars, educators and advanced students in entrepreneurship research.


'Real-life entrepreneurs succeed by challenging dominant business models. Progress in entrepreneurship research should match this logic. This book offers many disruptive yet actionable ideas that entrepreneurship scholars can use to challenge dominant assumptions and to publish interesting entrepreneurship research.' - Carlo Salvato, Professor, Bocconi University, Italy

'Challenging Entrepreneurship Research is intentionally a mind-expanding book. It not only embraces and extends the consensus (or mainstream) lines of thought in entrepreneurship's mainstream, but also brings in the dissensus, non-mainstream, lines of thought. Together, the book is a thoughtful dialectic. I found myself constantly jumping back and forth in the book connecting and contrasting the ideas of the different authors, invariably returning new insights and thoughts about the process of entrepreneurship research in which we all share.' - Jerome Katz, Professor, Saint Louis University, USA

'Entrepreneurship research has undoubtedly come a long way over the past two decades both conceptually and empirically and now is an opportune time to take stock and question the direction of travel. This stimulating volume provides a number of insightful contributions that help point the way forward. Researchers increasingly need to engage with practice and policy, not only to ensure the relevance of entrepreneurship research but also to identify interesting research questions and this is an important message reinforced in this volume. As the contributions make clear, such engagement involves consideration of the dark side of entrepreneurship as a complement to the overwhelmingly positive perspectives that have previously dominated the agenda.' – Mike Wright, Professor, Imperial College London, UK

'Well-timed, this volume represents a much-needed contribution to a growing research literature that has taken as its task to present challenging entrepreneurship research that also challenges entrepreneurship research. This is an important contribution to a more reflexive, indeed entrepreneurial entrepreneurship research.' - Daniel Hjorth, Professor, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

'Because entrepreneurship has grown and become legitimate there is a danger that scholars will "play it safe" and not pursue sufficiently interesting research. Challenging Entrepreneurship Research helps us to question our assumptions and broaden our thinking by offering chapters from different perspectives provoking thoughts about how to move the field forward.' - Dean A. Shepherd, David H. Jacobs Chair in Strategic Entrepreneurship, Indiana University, USA

Table of Contents

1. Institutionalization of Entrepreneurship as a Scholarly Field: Consequences and challenges (Hans Landström, Annaleena Parhankangas, Alain Fayolle and Philippe Riot) 2. Entrepreneurship Research with Passion: A note on the aesthetics of basic research (Matthias Fink, Daniela Maresch, Isabella Hatak and Richard Lang) 3. Pragmatic Entrepreneurs and Institutionalized Scholars? On the path-dependent nature of entrepreneurship scholarship (Henrik Berglund and Karl Wennberg) 4. Grabbling with the Kirznerian Heritage in a Time of Economic and Environmental Crisis (Steffen Korsgaard) 5. Portfolio Entrepreneurial Households Extending the Individual and Single Opportunity Focus (Gry Agnete Alsos) 6. Challenging Assumptions and Bias in Entrepreneurship Research (Paul Nightingale and Alex Coad) 7. A Critical Review of Critical Perspectives in Entrepreneurship Research (Denise Fletcher and Paul Seldon) 8. Engaged Scholarship: Taking Responsibility for the Politics of Method Mediation (Ester Barinaga) 9. Is there Still a Heffalump in the Room? Examining Paradigms in Historical Entrepreneurship Research (Luke Pittaway and Richard Tunstall) 10. Challenging Constructions of Entrepreneurial Identities (Deirdre Tedmanson and Caroline Essers) 11. Towards an Understanding of Effectual Learning: Exploring Four Innovations in Entrepreneurship Education (Caroline Verzat, Olivier Toutain, Noreen O’Shea, Fabienne Bornard, Chrystelle Gaujard and Philippe Silberzahn)

About the Editors

Hans Landström holds the Chair in Entrepreneurship at Lund University, Sweden. He is co-founder of two large research centers at Lund University: Center for Innovation, Research and Competence in the Learning Economy (CIRCLE) which is a research center on innovation research, and Sten K. Johnson Centre for Entrepreneurship (SKJCE) focusing on entrepreneurship research and education. His research interests include entrepreneurial finance, venture capital and business angels, entrepreneurial education, and the history of entrepreneurship as a research field. Author of 15 books and edited books, and his articles have been published in journals such as Research Policy, Journal of Business Venturing, Small Business Economics, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, and Journal of Small Business Management.

Annaleena Parhankangas is Assistant Professor at University of Illinois at Chicago, USA. During the past years, she also held positions at New Jersey Institute of Technology and Helsinki University of Technology. Her research focuses on the interaction dynamics between entrepreneurs and their key resource holders, such as investors and alliance partners. She serves on the editorial boards of Academy of Management Perspectives, Journal of Business Venturing, Venture Capital: Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance and International Journal of Technoentrepreneurship. Her research has been published in Journal of Business Venturing, Research Policy, Organizational Studies, Small Business Economics, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development and Business Strategy and Environment.

Alain Fayolle is a Professor of entrepreneurship, the Founder and Director of The Entrepreneurship Research Centre at EM Lyon Business School, France. His research interests cover a range of topics in the field of entrepreneurship. He has been (or still is) acting as an expert for different governments and international institutions (OECD, EC, UNIDO). Alain published thirty books and over 150 articles in leading international and French-speaking journals. Among his editorial positions, he is notably an Associate Editor of JSBM and an Editor of two leading French-speaking journals. In 2013, Alain Fayolle got the 2013 European Entrepreneurship Education Award and has been elected officer of the Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Division (a five year commitment culminating with position as Chair of Division in 2016). In 2015, he has been awarded Wilford L. White Fellow by ICSB.

Philippe Riot began his career as a Professor of Philosophy. He worked several years in Paris Sorbonne’s History of Sciences Institute, Director Georges Canguilhem, where he specialized in epistemology and on a critical approach of the modern concept of science. He worked several years in Michel Foucault’s seminar at the French "Collège de France", where he was involved in the research linked to the preparation of Michel Foucault’s book Surveiller et Punir (Discipline and Punish) and Moi, Pierre Rivière… He joined EM LYON Business School in 1995 where he became a fulltime professor of Strategy and Organization. He was also a part time visiting Professor at Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey. His research focuses on strategy and finance, strategy and digital innovation, innovation in life sciences and health systems. Today, he is the Head of the Strategy, Organizations and Entrepreneurship Department of EMLYON.

About the Series

Routledge Rethinking Entrepreneurship Research

The current focus on entrepreneurship as a purely market-based phenomenon and an unquestionably desirable economic and profitable activity leads to undervaluing and under researching important issues in relation to power, ideology or phenomenology. New postures, new theoretical lenses and new approaches are needed to study entrepreneurship as a contextualized and socially embedded phenomenon. The objective of this series therefore is to adopt a critical and constructive posture towards the theories, methods, epistemologies, assumptions and beliefs which dominate mainstream thinking. It aims to provide a forum for scholarship which questions the prevailing assumptions and beliefs currently dominating entrepreneurship research and invites contributions from a wide range of different communities of scholars, which focus on novelty, diversity and critique.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Entrepreneurship
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / New Business Enterprises