Over the past few weeks, a whole host of new articles have come out on entrepreneurial ecosystems and related concepts. I think it's getting to the point where it's hard for one person to have read everything on the topic, if that was even possible. It's really great seeing the field develop over the past few years. Without further adu, here are some papers that I think are worth checking out. I haven't read all of them yet, but I think I'll be citing a lot of these papers in the future.
Why I think this is interesting: A bit of a cheat, since I wrote this. But you should read it! The point of this article is to really think about what we study when we study ecosystems. Richard and I argue that we should really look at the practices entrepreneurs use to get resources within an ecosystem rather than the ecosystem itself.
Why I think this is interesting: I'm always a fan of careful mixed-methods case studies of individual ecosystems. Anything that combines network analysis and longitudinal study are going to go to the top of my reading pile.
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Why I think this is interesting: Why I think this is interesting: Part of my evolving thinking about ecosystems is that they are primarily about entrepreneurs learning about entrepreneurship. However, this only works if entrepreneurs are actually open to learning about entrepreneurs. So, I've been trying to understand how open entrepreneurs actually are to learning from others and actually changing what they do.
Why I think this is interesting: At the end of the day, ecosystems is just the newest way of thinking about the tension between structure and agency within the entrepreneurship process. I'll always read any article that tries to figure out what the balance between these two forces (though I'm a bit salty they didn't cite my article on the topic in ERD).
Why I think this is interesting: A bit of a deep cut here. It's not exactly about ecosystems, but I think this will be a useful critique of who we think of as the typical 'ecosystem entrepreneur.' We need to make sure we're critiquing the concepts and categories we're using.
Why I think this is interesting: Not going to lie, I'm a bit salty this paper didn't cite me too. But I'm so desperate for good research articles on ecosystems from outside the UK and Western Europe I'm willing to overlook that party foul.
Why I think this is interesting: Every third person I've talked to about ecosystems has said they're doing something on social enterprise ecosystems, but this is the first paper I've actually seen on it in the wild. I've got my own poker in this fire, but it's good to see that others are exploring this issue.