A manifesto for researching entrepreneurial ecosystems

Spigel, B., Kitigawa, F. and Mason, C. (2020) A manifesto for researching entrepreneurial ecosystems. Local Economy, 35(5), pp. 482-495. (doi: 10.1177/0269094220959052)

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Entrepreneurial ecosystems are the focus of government economic policies around the world for their potential to generate entrepreneur-led economic development. The paper identifies key research questions and challenges to building effective public policy: (i) the limitations of existing data sources, (ii) the need to balance findings from quantitative and qualitative studies, (iii) the danger that entrepreneurial ecosystems will be just a policy fad, (iv) the narrow focus of policy and research on high tech firms and scale-ups, and (v) the need to balance research approaches between simplified models and a complex systems approach. There is a need for a better understanding of the diversity of policy contexts (level of government, country context) and model of ecosystem governance. A more granulated understanding of ecosystem thinking is required, with greater consideration of the diversity of actors and the institutional context, with more attention given to the heterogeneous nature of places and complex interactions between actors and networks. Looking to the future, the potential of new data sources and methodologies is identified. Future research should give greater consideration to the institutional context to understand how policy can better support entrepreneurial activity and the extent to which specific policies can be replicated elsewhere.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Mason, Professor Colin
Authors: Spigel, B., Kitigawa, F., and Mason, C.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:Local Economy
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN (Online):1470-9325
Published Online:05 October 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 The Authors
First Published:First published in Local Economy 35(5): 482-495
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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