Entrepreneurship is a growing field of research, attracting researchers from many different disciplines including economics, sociology, psychology, and management. The concept of entrepreneurship, and research in the field, is becoming institutionalized, increasingly oriented by influential trends, theories and methods, following the mainstream and being shaped accordingly.
The objective of this book is to move beyond mainstream approaches and assumptions which are dominating the field, and to raise questions about the nature and process of entrepreneurship research. Over twelve chapters, leading international thinkers in the field debate the impact and the consequences of institutionalization. Taking key research orientations including multidisciplinarity, international entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, and ethics, it takes a critical and constructive and sometimes controversial posture and encourages a re-examination of the way we look at the social and economic phenomenon of entrepreneurship.
This book is vital reading for entrepreneurship researchers and educators, advanced students and policy-makers in Entrepreneurship, Economics, Sociology and Psychology.
1. Introduction 2. Dimly Through the Fog: Institutional forces affecting the multidisciplinary nature of entrepreneurship 3. Moving On: Affirming the entrepreneurial in entrepreneurship research 4. The Economic Reification of Entrepreneurship, Re-engaging with the Social 5. Social Entrepreneurship: To defend society from itself 6. Is International Entrepreneurship Research a Viable Spin-off from its Parent Disciplines? 7. Navigating the Growing Field of Entrepreneurship Inquiry: Successonist and relational modes of theory development 8. Institutionalization of the Field and its Impact on Both the Ethics and the Quality of Entrepreneurship Research in the Coming Decades 9. Legitimacy or Relevance: That is the question 10. What Makes Scholars "Interesting" in Entrepreneurship Research: Learning from the past 11. Entrepreneurship Research Without Passion: Let’s fall in love again 12. Conclusion: Final thoughts and perspectives
'Alain Fayolle and Philippe Riot have managed to bring together world-class researchers who have helped shape the field of entrepreneurship and the way we perceive it today. By inviting them to critique, challenge and question our understandings, assumptions and beliefs about the field and its future, these great minds take the reader on a stimulating journey which enables them to engage with the field’s past but also see the critical role they might play in its future. An inspiring read and very timely addition.' - Sarah Jack, Professor, Lancaster University, UK
'Fayolle and Riot have managed to put together a group of brilliant authorities in and on entrepreneurship, providing a rich and many-faceted insight into the intricacies of entrepreneurship research. An excellent aspect of this book is that every second chapter constitutes a reflection on the chapter that came before. This paves the way for a unique scholarly discussion and is a 'must-read' for those who want to participate in and contribute to this dialogue.' - Helle Neergaard, Professor, University of Aarhus, Denmark and President of the European Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship