Review of Managerial Science

, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp 181–205 | Cite as

Entrepreneurship research: mapping intellectual structures and research trends

  • João J. M. FerreiraEmail author
  • Cristina I. Fernandes
  • Sascha KrausEmail author
Review Paper


Using bibliometric techniques to identify connections between existing entrepreneurship studies, this article seeks to understand the scientific structure of entrepreneurship research and how entrepreneurship scholarship is organized. Co-citation data and quantitative approach were used to identify scientific publications, intellectual structures, and research trends interrelated with theories of innovative entrepreneurship. Data were gathered from the citations and co-citations found in the Science Citation Index Expanded, Social Science Citation Index, and Arts and Humanities Citation Index. Our research reveals six groups of underlying entrepreneurship theories: (1) knowledge spillover theory of entrepreneurship, (2) creation and networks theory, (3) decision-making theory, (4) specialization of labor, (5) social entrepreneurship theory, and (6) entrepreneurship in the informal economy.


Entrepreneurship theories Bibliometrics Citation analysis Multi-dimensional scaling analysis Cluster analysis Co-citations Article impact 

JEL Classification

L26 M10 M13 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Management and Economics DepartmentUniversity of Beira Interior & NECE - Research Unit in Business SciencesCovilhãPortugal
  2. 2.Intituto Politécnico de Castelo Branco & NECE - Research Unit in Business SciencesCovilhãPortugal
  3. 3.Institute for Entrepreneurship, Fürst-Franz-Josef-StrasseUniversity of LiechtensteinVaduzLiechtenstein

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