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Trailblazing in Entrepreneurship

Creating New Paths for Understanding the Field

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  • Compiles a comprehensive, definitive collection of established studies and current trends in entrepreneurship research

  • Reflects an open-minded approach to how and where contributions can come from, stimulating readers to use their own imagination

  • Offers a fresh take on a traditional field which will explore original and unconventional opportunities for its advancement

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This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.
In this book, the authors present a challenge for future research to build a stronger, more complete understanding of entrepreneurial phenomena. They argue that this more complete picture of entrepreneurial phenomena will likely come from scholars who undertake at least some trailblazing projects; from scholars who broaden the range of research questions, the potential outcomes of entrepreneurial action, and the selection and combination of research methods; and from researchers who avoid the endless debates about the margins of the field and its sub-fields or about whether one theoretical or philosophical lens is superior to another. This book offers suggestions for future research through a variety of topics including prosocial action, innovation, family business, sustainability and development, and the financial, social, and psychological costs of failure. It promises to make an important contribution to the development of the field and help academics, organizations, and society make useful contributions to the generation of entrepreneurial research.

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Table of contents (9 chapters)


“This book is expected to guide entrepreneurship scholars by setting the research direction and effort across the world. It will help in the formation of nuanced research questions to extend the knowledge in the field of entrepreneurship.” (Brajaballav Kar and Yimer Ayalew Ahmed, Journal of Entrepreneurship, Vol. 28 (2), 2019)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Indiana University, Bloomington, USA

    Dean A. Shepherd

  • School of Management, Technical University of Munich School of Management, München, Germany

    Holger Patzelt

About the authors

Dean A. Shepherd is the David H. Jacobs Chair in Strategic Entrepreneurship, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University, USA. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Business Venturing and has published over 130 scholarly journal articles and 19 books.

Holger Patzelt is Chair in Entrepreneurship at the School of Management, Technical University of Munich, Germany. His research interests include entrepreneurial cognition and economic, emotional and psychological consequences of failure.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Trailblazing in Entrepreneurship

  • Book Subtitle: Creating New Paths for Understanding the Field

  • Authors: Dean A. Shepherd, Holger Patzelt

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Business and Management, Business and Management (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-48700-7Published: 03 February 2017

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-83998-1Published: 11 September 2018

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-48701-4Published: 21 January 2017

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: VIII, 294

  • Topics: Entrepreneurship, Organization

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