Handbook of Entrepreneurship Research

Interdisciplinary Perspectives

  • Sharon A. Alvarez
  • Rajshree Agarwal
  • Olav Sorenson

Part of the International Handbook Series on Entrepreneurship book series (IHSE, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Sharon Alvarez, Rajshree Agarwal, Olav Sorenson
    Pages 1-10
  3. Richard P. Rumelt
    Pages 11-32
  4. Joseph T. Mahoney, Steven C. Michael
    Pages 33-54
  5. David B. Audretsch, Doğa Kayalar-Erdem
    Pages 97-118
  6. David B. Audretsch, Doga K. Erdem
    Pages 119-141
  7. Glenn R. Carroll, Olga M. Khessina
    Pages 167-200
  8. Hokyu Hwang, Walter W. Powell
    Pages 201-232
  9. Toby E. Stuart, Olav Sorenson
    Pages 233-252
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 269-275

About this book


What should the domain of entrepreneurship studies include? Though many scholars of entrepreneurship have cautioned and even argued strongly against limiting the focus of research to the entrepreneur (Gartner, 1988; Low and MacMillan, 1988), the last two decades have nonetheless seen an increased focus on the individual and that individual's recognition of opportunities in the study of entrepreneurship (Venkataraman, 1997). While many of these articles have been fruitful to increasing our understanding of the challenges entrepreneurs face, numerous important topics, particularly those with more relevance to scholarship and theory than to the practice of entrepreneurship, have been left underdeveloped. For example, less research has focused on the importance of the macroeconomic environment to firm founding, on social and kinship ties as sources of entrepreneurial activity, and the interaction between institutions and entrepreneurship.

In the Handbook of Entrepreneurship Research: Disciplinary Perspectives, we strive to increase awareness and stimulate research on these topics in the literature on entrepreneurship. We do so by drawing attention to the relevant research in the disciplines of economics and sociology. This volume of the handbook hopes to begin to bridge the gap between the research in entrepreneurship and the core disciplines by introducing three views of entrepreneurship from disciplinary perspectives. In particular, the chapters in this volume focus on entrepreneurship as it is informed by research in the economic theories of the firm, labor economics, and sociology. As such, the second volume of the handbook is intended to complement and build on the first volume by focusing on a select set of issues and examining them in an in-depth manner. Thus, while we continue in the tradition established in the first volume, that of drawing from the rich disciplinary perspectives, we abstract away from topics that have received much attention in the first volume (and in other entrepreneurship related collections (e.g. small business economics, psychological and other traits of entrepreneurs) to avoid redundancy. Instead, we hope that the chapters in the second volume inform entrepreneurship researchers of new and fruitful avenues to benefit from work that may not have received as much prominent attention as have other areas.


Entrepreneurs Entrepreneurship economic theory economics entrepreneur institutions strategy theory of the firm

Editors and affiliations

  • Sharon A. Alvarez
    • 1
  • Rajshree Agarwal
    • 2
  • Olav Sorenson
    • 3
  1. 1.The Ohio State UniversityUSA
  2. 2.University of Illinois Urbana ChampaignUSA
  3. 3.University of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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