Entrepreneurial ecosystems: economic, technological, and societal impacts

Audretsch, David B., Cunningham, James A., Kuratko, Donald F., Lehmann, Erik E. and Menter, Matthias (2019) Entrepreneurial ecosystems: economic, technological, and societal impacts. The Journal of Technology Transfer, 44 (2). pp. 313-325. ISSN 0892-9912

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Despite the overwhelming use of the metaphor ‘ecosystem’ in academia, industry, policy, and management, exact definitions of what ‘ecosystems’ really comprise are scarce and often inconsistent. Existing vague descriptions in the literature do not consider the boundaries of respective agglomerations, hence, they impede the evaluation of performance and outcome measures of respective ecosystems. This special issue is a first attempt to trace the ‘ecosystem’ discussion back to its roots—the ancient oikos, coined by the Greek philosopher Hesiod (700 BC), and aims to critically reflect on the usage of the term ‘ecosystem’, briefly summarize the extant literature and grasp the main features of entrepreneurial ecosystems, namely the economic, technological, and societal dimensions of entrepreneurial ecosystems. We intend to focus on the key elements that characterize an ecosystem, and hence, untangle under what conditions entrepreneurial firms shape and influence economic, technological, and societal thinking within their ecosystem.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Entrepreneurial ecosystem · Innovation ecosystem · National ecosystem · Ecosystem, Entrepreneurial frms, Regional clusters, University-industry collaborations
Subjects: N100 Business studies
N200 Management studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2019 14:21
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 22:01
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/38602

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