The aim of Pioneers in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Research is first to provide a historical-doctrinal review of the development of entrepreneurship and small business research and, second, to present some of the pioneers that have shaped the research field during the past three decades. In this introductory chapter I wish to lay the foundation of the book by presenting some of the main themes and discussions (section 1.1.). A problem in entrepreneurship research is the difficulty of defining the concept of “entrepreneurship” and, in section 1.2., some of the definitions employed in the research over the Years are presented. The chapter concludes with section 1.3., which presents an outline of the structure and content of the book.


Small Business Small Firm Entrepreneurial Activity Nascent Entrepreneur Entrepreneurial Process 
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  1. 1.School of Economics and Management Inst. Economic ResearchUniversity of LundLundSweden

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