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Communities and entrepreneurial activity : a systematic literature review

Pallotta, Nicola (2015) Communities and entrepreneurial activity : a systematic literature review.

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Abstract:This paper presents the reader with an overview of the findings of the extant literature on the role of communities on entrepreneurial activity via the use of a systematic literature review. The selected literature was grouped into themes by using inductive thematic analysis, and the main findings for each theme were reported using a combination of tables and narrative synthesis. The objective was to provide the reader with a structured overview of countries, theories, themes, research methods, and analytical methods, explored by scholars in this field in the past 20 years. There are four main results observable from the reviewed literature: 1) understanding the process of entrepreneurship requires a deep analysis of social processes and social behaviours at both a community-level and at an individual-level, 2) communal social capital is a recurring aspect examined by the literature, and the effects it has on entrepreneurship differ between different types of communities, 3) in absence of a pre-established entrepreneurial cluster, online communities in remote areas could hurt local entrepreneurs, and 4) there is evidence suggesting that communities and entrepreneurs benefit each other in a reciprocal manner.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Administration MSc (60644)
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