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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