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Complexity in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology Research

Applications of Emergent and Neglected Methods

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  • Covers a range of methods from mixed-methods and
  • computer simulation studies to qualitative, configurational and semantic
  • Focuses on the topic of complexity and methods to address it in entrepreneurship, innovation and technology research
  • Presents several future research perspectives for study and inclusion of complexity in entrepreneurship research
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Part of the book series: FGF Studies in Small Business and Entrepreneurship (FGFS)

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This volume discusses the challenge of dealing with complexity in entrepreneurship, innovation and technology research. Businesses as well as entire economies are increasingly being confronted by widespread complex systems. Fields such as entrepreneurship and innovation cannot ignore this reality, especially with their inherent links to diverse research fields and interdisciplinary methods. However, most methods that allow more detailed analyses of complex problems are either neglected in mainstream research or are, at best, still emerging. Against this backdrop, this book provides a forum for the discussion of emergent and neglected methods in the context of complexity in entrepreneurship, innovation and technology research, and also acts as an inspiration for academics across related disciplines to engage more in complexity research.

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Table of contents (22 chapters)

Editors and Affiliations

  • University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany

    Elisabeth S.C. Berger

  • Inst Marketing & Management, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany

    Andreas Kuckertz

About the editors

Elisabeth Berger has been working as a researcher and doctoral student at the business start-ups and entrepreneurship research group at the university of Hohenheim since 2013. She has a research interest in configurational methods, especially Qualitative Comparative Analysis in the context of entrepreneurship. She has a Bachelor’s degree in international business & finance from the Duale Hochschule Stuttgart and the University of Glamorgan (UK) and a Master’s degree in international business & economics from the University of Hohenheim.

Andreas Kuckertz is professor of entrepreneurship at the University of Hohenheim. Moreover, he is an associate member of the Networked Value Systems Research Group at the University of Vaasa, Finland. He is on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research, Journal of Small Business Management and Zeitschrift für KMU und Entrepreneurship. Within the European Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ECSB) he serves as the Country Vice President Germany. He is a member of the board of FGF e.V., Germany's leading academic association for entrepreneurship. After graduating in media and communications, business administration and philosophy at the Universities of Marburg and Leipzig (M.A. 2001), he finished his doctoral studies in 2005 at the University of Duisburg-Essen with a thesis on venture capital finance. In 2011 he completed his professorial qualification (‘Habilitation’) at the University of Duisburg-Essen. His research on various aspects of entrepreneurship, strategy, and innovation has been published in journals such as Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Business Research, International Journal of Technology Management, Entrepreneurship & Regional Development or Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal.

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