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Supporting entrepreneurs: A systematic review of literature and an agenda for research

Abstract : Entrepreneurship has become a cornerstone of economic development. The public awareness of this phenomenon spurred great interest from the academic community and policy makers alongside the creation of a vast range of entrepreneurship support initiatives. We conduct a systematic review of 122 academic articles published during a thirty year period between 1985–2015 that help to identify a series of theoretical, empirical, and practical gaps that form the basis of a research agenda. For instance, there is a shortage of conceptual articles and few empirical studies generating theoretical contributions; samples are small and idiosyncratic; context is rarely considered; and that mechanisms of ES are largely unknown. We propose that ES should develop along four main themes that ameliorate these exposed gaps: acknowledge and understand the heterogeneity of entrepreneurs and new ventures; apply existing theories to ES; improve methods and research design; and integrate ES into the ecosystem of support.
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Tiago Ratinho, Alejandro Amezcua, Benson Honig, Zhaocheng Zeng. Supporting entrepreneurs: A systematic review of literature and an agenda for research. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Elsevier, 2020, 154, pp.119956. ⟨10.1016/j.techfore.2020.119956⟩. ⟨hal-02998342⟩

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