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Ecosystems of Entrepreneurship: Configurations and Critical Dimensions

  • 2019.04.28
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Speaker: Prof. Nicholas S. Vonortas (The George Washington University)


Ecosystems of Entrepreneurship: Configurations and Critical Dimensions



12:00-13:15 pm, 2019/5/6 (Monday)


Room 619, Teaching A


Prof. Nicholas S. Vonortas?(The George Washington University)

Abstract: The dominant discourse on Entrepreneurial Ecosystems remains focused on the profile of a handful of successful locations. This has hindered a deeper understanding of the socio-economic mechanisms that shape entrepreneurial activity across different locations and how ecosystems operate in distinct places. Our dual goal in this research is to identify latent hierarchies in the critical dimensions of entrepreneurial ecosystems and to assess whether the configurations of successful ecosystems present dissimilarities. Through fuzzy-set Qualitative Comparative Analysis (fsQCA) we address this issue with data from the State of S?o Paulo, Brazil. Findings generate a typological hierarchy of attributes. Knowledge Infrastructure rises as the key element in our analysis while the range of critical dimensions seem to be much more restricted than previously argued. Besides universities as catalysts, support systems/entrepreneurial habitats and human capital to fill knowledge-intensive jobs are the key components. A second layer is made up of policy quality, physical infrastructure, income level and credit availability. Somewhat different configurations emerge with similarly successful outcomes. Our results suggest that one-size-fits-all models may fail to fathom local idiosyncrasies, possibly providing misguided directions for intervention in specific occasions.

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