Integrative entrepreneurship research-bridging the gap between sociological and economic perspectives

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The predominant perspective of entrepreneurship was rooted in the battle of entrepreneurship scholars to establish and legitimate a distinct discipline within the economics research community by delineating it from neighbouring disciplines such as sociology and psychology. As a result, social science aspects have tended to remain ignored; entrepreneurship research has largely lost the view of 'the big picture' that is necessary to understand the complex phenomenon under research. We argue that, in order to earn legitimacy as a research discipline, entrepreneurship research needs to be reintegrated into the broader landscape of social science - the missing links of entrepreneurship research. We therefore investigate which interfaces between sociological and economic perspectives can be identified in the discussion on entrepreneurship research on the basis of a questionnaire survey of 105 entrepreneurship researchers in the German-language realm, thereby providing a necessary base line for an interdisciplinary research program that offers the underpinnings for interdisciplinary research and first steps for a future integrative entrepreneurship research approach.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)118-139
Number of pages22
Publication statusPublished - 01.2014

    Research areas

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship, Interdisciplinarity, Researcher survey