Reinventing Entrepreneurial History

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Research on entrepreneurship remains fragmented in business history. A lack of conceptual clarity inhibits comparisons between studies and dialogue among scholars. To address these issues, we propose to reinvent entrepreneurial history as a research field. We define “new entrepreneurial history” as the study of the creative processes that propel economic change. Rather than putting actors, hierarchies, or institutions at the center of the analysis, we focus explicitly on three distinct entrepreneurial processes as primary objects of study: envisioning and valuing opportunities, allocating and reconfiguring resources, and legitimizing novelty. The article elaborates on the historiography, premises, and potential contributions of new entrepreneurial history.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBusiness History Review
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)767-799
Number of pages33
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2017


  • Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurial processes
  • History
  • Theory
  • Temporality
  • Uncertainty
  • Agency
  • Opportunity
  • Resources
  • Legitimation

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