The relational organization of entrepreneurial ecosystems

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Abstract

Entrepreneurial ecosystems have emerged as a popular concept to explain the persistence of high-growth entrepreneurship within regions. However, as a theoretical concept ecosystems remain underdeveloped, making it difficult to understand their structure and influence on the entrepreneurship process. The paper argues that ecosystems are composed of ten cultural, social, and material attributes that provide benefits and resources to entrepreneurs and that the relationships between these attributes reproduce the ecosystem. This model is illustrated with case studies of Waterloo, Ontario and Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The cases demonstrate the variety of different configurations that ecosystems can take.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-72
JournalEntrepreneurship Theory and Practice
Volume41
Issue number1
Early online date25 Jun 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017

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