The institutional approach to entrepreneurship research. Introduction

José María Veciana, David Urbano

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    The main argument of the presentation of this special issue is that entrepreneurship research based on institutional theory is a promising field of research. After a brief explanation of the nature, scope and philosophical foundation of institutional theory and the distinction between old and new institutionalism, an attempt is made to justify why entrepreneurship research using the institutional approach is promising. A reference to some previous research in this field illustrates not only its potential but also the long tradition in institutional economics. A brief reference to the content of each of the articles included in this special issue closes this presentation. © 2008 Springer Science + Business Media, LLC.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)365-379
    JournalInternational Entrepreneurship and Management Journal
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2008


    • Entrepreneurship research
    • Institutional economics
    • Institutional theory


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