Regional Trajectories of Entrepreneurship, Knowledge, and Growth

The Role of History and Culture

  • Michael Fritsch
  • Michael Wyrwich

Part of the International Studies in Entrepreneurship book series (ISEN, volume 40)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Michael Fritsch, Michael Wyrwich
    Pages 1-4
  3. Michael Fritsch, Michael Wyrwich
    Pages 5-13
  4. Michael Fritsch, Michael Wyrwich
    Pages 27-46
  5. Michael Fritsch, Michael Wyrwich
    Pages 47-68
  6. Michael Fritsch, Michael Wyrwich
    Pages 69-94
  7. Michael Fritsch, Michael Wyrwich
    Pages 95-117
  8. Michael Fritsch, Michael Wyrwich
    Pages 133-141
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 143-144

About this book


This book offers a dynamic perspective on regional entrepreneurship, knowledge, innovation and economic growth, with a particular focus on the role that history and culture play. The authors provide comprehensive empirical analyses offering unique insights into the spatial patterns of long-term differences of regional self-employment, new business formation, cultures of entrepreneurship, innovation activities, and development. Policy implications from the analyses and a discussion of important avenues for future research complete this unique book combining history, culture, and entrepreneurship.

This is a superb book with an original, historical take on entrepreneurship and regional development. It is a landmark study on Germany showing that regional levels of entrepreneurship are persistent and resilient, despite many disruptive shocks.

Ron Boschma, Utrecht University, The Netherlands, and Stavanger University, Norway

This book presents the distilled wisdom of two leading authorities on the link between entrepreneurship and economic prosperity at a regional level. Although its prime empirical focus is on Germany there are clear lessons for scholars and policy-makers in all high-income countries.

David J Storey, University of Sussex, UK


Persistence of regional entrepreneurship Regional entrepreneurial culture Histories of regional entrepreneurship Persistence in social capital Self-employment trajectories Regional start-up activities Geography of entrepreneurship Industry structure, entrepreneurship and culture Entrepreneurial culture and innovative start-ups Socioeconomic heritage Historical social research on entrepreneurship

Authors and affiliations

  • Michael Fritsch
    • 1
  • Michael Wyrwich
    • 2
  1. 1.Friedrich Schiller University JenaJenaGermany
  2. 2.University of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands

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