Over the last decades entrepreneurship has been regarded as an interesting field of research and the field has grown significantly (more or less independently of measures used). As a research field, entrepreneurship could be regarded as dynamic and future-driven. Consequently, early contributions within the field tend to be forgotten rather quickly and seminal works will become condensed into ‘obligatory’ citations in contemporary studies on entrepreneurship. However, the main argument in the presentation will be that: ‘History matters in entrepreneurship research!’ There are many arguments for this statement, for example, with regards to the possibility to create a knowledge accumulation within the field and the way we understand concepts and theories that we borrow from other fields. Thus, there is a need for a solid ‘groundwork’ in entrepreneurship research.
The presentation will focus on the historical evolution of entrepreneurship as a research field and elaborate on the some core contributions that have influenced the development of the field, such as contributions from Joseph Schumpeter and also explain why the evolution of the field has taken certain directions.
The presentation will also take a future outlook of the field and elaborate on the concept of ‘interestingness’, i.e., what makes entrepreneurship research interesting? A core argument is that interesting entrepreneurship studies have to be relevant to practice. However, the institutionalisation of entrepreneurship as an academic field, similar to management studies, has favoured rigor at the cost of relevance, leading to scholars’ frustration with a rigor-relevance gap. Several strategies will be discussed in seeking to address and overcome this gap at the field and individual research levels.
Date: Wednesday, August 12th, 2015
Time: 10:30am - 12:00pm Presentation
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch
Location: Segal Graduate School
500 Granville Street, Vancouver
Room 2300 (2nd floor)
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Hans Landström holds a Chair in Entrepreneurship at Lund University, Sweden. He is co-founder of two research centres on innovation and entrepreneurship: the Centre for Innovation, Research and Competence in the Learning Economy (CIRCLE), and the Sten K. Johnson Centre for Entrepreneurship (SKJCE). His research interest includes entrepreneurial finance, informal and institutional venture capital, entrepreneurial learning and teaching, and the history of entrepreneurship research. He has published 15 books and his work has appeared in journals including Research Policy, Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Small Business Economics, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, and Journal of Small Business Management.
Thank you to SFU International Engagement Fund for their generous support of this Beedie ExecEd and CMA Innovation Centre event.