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Entrepreneurial Communities and Ecosystems
Theories in Culture, Empowerment, and Leadership

ISBN 9780815378624
Published June 24, 2022 by Routledge
332 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Entrepreneurial Communities and Ecosystems: Theories in Culture, Empowerment, and Leadership examines the deep sociocultural dynamics supporting effective and emergent entrepreneurial ecosystems and communities for a new generation of ecosystem builders and researchers.

The book provides current theories and discussion with relevant examples regarding culture, empowerment, and leadership in entrepreneurship to build more entrepreneurial communities anywhere, beginning with any set of local advantages. It clarifies the role of community in building an entrepreneurial ecosystem, and expands the theory on how entrepreneurial communities and ecosystems differ, and how they relate. The book also illuminates the often avoided discussion about power, with special attention to diversity with examples of Black, women, and LGBTQA+ entrepreneurship; provides a deep dive into the range of formal and informal education framed as entreprenology; ties the importance of entrepreneurship and entrepreneuring to resources available at the community, state, and national levels; and introduces a new concept — omnipreneurship — which puts the skills of entrepreneurship in the service of global benefit and everyday action.

This research volume will be equally useful as an undergraduate or graduate text on the sociology of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship as it is a field guide for ecosystem builders, policy makers, nonprofits, and entrepreneurship and social researchers worldwide.

Table of Contents

1 An Introduction to Entrepreneurial Ecosystems and Entrepreneurial Communities to Empower Entrepreneurs

Morgan R. Clevenger and Michael W-P Fortunato 

2 Revisiting Entrepreneurial Communities, Entrepreneurial Ecosystems, and Ecosystem Logic

Michael W-P Fortunato and Morgan R. Clevenger 

3 An Ecology of Entrepreneurship: A Review of Concepts, Entrepreneurial Ecosystems, and Entrepreneurial Communities from the Literature

Morgan R. Clevenger and Chao Miao 

4 The Power of Entrepreneurs and Social Systems: Driving Forces for Empowerment, Mitigating Disempowerment, and Advancing Equity

Montressa L. Washington, Jennifer R. Madden, Morgan R. Clevenger, and Chao Miao 

5 Entreprenology of Formal and Informal Education, Co-Curricular and Extra-Curricular Programming, Vocational and Technical Entrepreneuring, and Learning from Failure to Support and Empower Entrepreneurs

Morgan R. Clevenger, Marcus I. Crews, Sara L. Cochran, Louise Underdahl, Ronald G. Leach, Jean Perlman, Elizabeth Isele, Norris F. Krueger Jr., Matthew Knight, and Dina Piepoli Udomsak 

6 Avoiding Anomie: Diffusion of Support Resources for the Empowerment of Entrepreneurs

Morgan R. Clevenger and Garrett Munro 

7 Beyond Bureaucracies and Bourgeoisie of Regional, State, and National Economic Development: Framework Conditions, Policy, and the Interplay of Support Organizations

Morgan R. Clevenger, Michael W-P Fortunato, and Kenneth Okrepkie with Laura Eppler 

8 Omnipreneurship

Morgan R. Clevenger and Michael W-P Fortunato 

9 Conclusions

Michael W-P Fortunato and Morgan R. Clevenger

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Morgan R. Clevenger, EdD, MBA is Associate Professor of Management at Hiram College, Ohio, USA, as well as Professor of Management and Post-doctoral Fellow in Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Business Ethics with Monarch Business School, Zug, Switzerland.

Michael W-P Fortunato, PhD is an internationally published scholar, researcher, author, entrepreneur, community developer, educator, public speaker, and innovator, and CFO and Founding Partner of Texas-based community consulting group Creative Insight Community Development (CICD).


"Thought leaders in policy and business are turning to entrepreneurial ecosystems to deliver sustainable prosperity in their entrepreneurial community. This important and pathbreaking new book provides a blueprint of what exactly constitutes an entrepreneurial ecosystem v an entrepreneurial community, how they can be nurtured and developed to ignite economic and social vitality, and how it can be sustained over time. This book holds the key to unlocking the hidden potential of people, business processes, and places." David B. Audretsch, PhD, Distinguished Professor and Ameritech Chair of Economic Development, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA

"Simply put, there are no timelier and important topics in the field of Entrepreneurship than the multifaceted roles played by communities of entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship ecosystems, as well as empowering the next generation of entrepreneurs. Kudos to Morgan Clevenger and Michael Fortunato for their brilliant volume illuminating the scope, activity, breadth, and depth of both thought and practice in these critical areas. Entrepreneurial Communities and Ecosystems: Theories in Culture, Empowerment, and Leadership is must reading for educators, practitioners, advisors, and policy makers." Charles H. Matthews, PhD, Distinguished Teaching Professor and Founder, U.C. Center for Entrepreneurship and Carl H. Lindner College of Business, University of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA