Geographical Contexts of Entrepreneurship: Spaces, Places and Entrepreneurial Agency

Erik Stam, Friederike Welter

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This chapter focuses on contexts of entrepreneurship, in particular geographical contexts, and entrepreneurial agency. The twin concepts space and place are key in understanding geographical contexts for entrepreneurship, not least because place does not exist without physical space. Important research in this regard has touched upon the role of gendered places and spaces for entrepreneurship, social places such as families, households and neighbourhoods and explored new spaces for entrepreneurship such as makerspaces. We combine these spaces and places in a model of entrepreneurial ecosystems that allows us to focus simultaneously on the geographical contexts for entrepreneurship and the agency of entrepreneurs within those. The chapter ends with a future research agenda on geographical contexts for entrepreneurship.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Psychology of Entrepreneurship
Subtitle of host publicationNew Perspectives
EditorsM. Gielnik, M. Frese, M. Cardon
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781003137573
ISBN (Print)9780367684471
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020


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