Creating a Community of Difference in Entrepreneurship Scholarship

William B. Gartner

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This article argues for alternative forms of inquiry for exploring aspects of entrepreneurship scholarship that are often unseen, ignored or minimized. The label, ‘The European School of Entrepreneurship’, might serve as a useful rubric for identifying a community of scholars with tendencies towards the following: (1) an interest in the history of ideas that inform entrepreneurship scholarship, (2) a willingness to step outside of the entrepreneurship field, itself, to embrace a variety of ideas, particularly from philosophy and the humanities and (3) a concern for the ‘other’, so as to challenge the unspoken and often unrecognized ‘taken-for-granted’ aspects of what entrepreneurship is and what it might be. Such tendencies are fundamentally different by degree (rather than contrast) from current norms; yet,
these tendencies can make a significant difference in current scholarly practice in entrepreneurship, as well as our understanding of entrepreneurial phenomenon.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEntrepreneurship & Regional Development
Issue number1-2
Pages (from-to)5-15
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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