The Challenge of Dealing with Complexity in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology Research: An Introduction

Part of the FGF Studies in Small Business and Entrepreneurship book series (FGFS)


Complex systems seem to be all around us and the world, economies and businesses apparently become more complex every day. This is especially true for phenomena in entrepreneurship, innovation and technology research. This introductory chapter elaborates our understanding of complexity and explores the interdependencies in entrepreneurship, innovation and technology research with regard to complexity. When studying complexity it is essential to apply research methods that consider the non-linearity, dynamics and interrelatedness inherent in complexity. However, appropriate methods are frequently neglected or not yet established among the plethora of available research methods. This volume adds to the visibility of the application of emergent and neglected methods in the context of complexity in entrepreneurship, innovation and technology research. Finally, the chapter provides an overview of the contributions in this book.


Complexity Entrepreneurship Innovation Research methods Technology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Marketing and Management, EntrepreneurshipUniversity of HohenheimStuttgartGermany

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