The Institutionalization of Entrepreneurship: Questioning the Status Quo and Re-Gaining Hope for Entrepreneurship Research

Alain Fayolle, Hans Landström, Bill Gartner, Karin Berglund

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    In this article, we briefly identify three main challenges/issues that should be taken into consideration in the institutionalization of entrepreneurship research: (1) recognizing the complexity of the phenomenon under study; (2) producing interesting, relevant and useful research results for all stakeholders; and (3) developing a critical posture in research. Following the discussion of these challenges/issues we introduce the five contributions to the Special Issue that, in different ways, problematize and challenge mainstream research and approaches. These articles use ‘dissensus discourses’, apply critical, ideological and paradigmatic stances and in some cases underline the importance of contextual factors.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalEntrepreneurship & Regional Development
    Issue number7-8
    Pages (from-to)477-486
    Number of pages10
    Publication statusPublished - 2016


    • Entrepreneurship institutionalization
    • Research complexity
    • Research interestingness
    • Critical studies in entrepreneurship

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