In modern economic history the role of the entrepreneur for societal growth and prosperity cannot be overlooked. Famous entrepreneurs like Henry Ford and Lars Magnus Ericsson to Bill Gates and Ingvar Kamprad have created enormous societal value. The anthology 20 years of Entrepreneurship Research – From small business dynamics to entrepreneurial growth and societal prosperity tells the story about entrepreneurship research over the past 20 years. Collectively, the chapters of the book point to the important role of the entrepreneur and the necessity of further research on entreprenurship, innovation, industrial dynamics and growth.
In 1994, at the time when Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum was founded, the idea that small businesses and entrepreneurship constituted a crucial part of industrial dynamism and economic growth was at best viewed with scepticism and more often regarded as quite obscure. Such an allegation certainly challenged traditional findings at the time, even though a modest but growing empirical literature seemingly gave it some support. In addition, theoretical advances purported the idea of innovation being key to economic growth.
This book marks the 20th anniversary of Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum. During that period research on entrepreneurship and small businesses, and how these phenomena links to employment, innovation and growth, has exploded. So has the interest from policy-makers and almost every country has introduced policies directed towards small and new firms.
The contributors to the book have all been at the forefront when it comes to initiating and undertaking research in the field of entrepreneurship research. The authors responsible for the respective chapters share one thread; they have all been awarded one of the most prestigious international research prizes, The Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research, initiated by the Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum in 1996.
The chapters stretches over several topics, ranging from overviews of what has been accomplished in this research field to current research issues and the questions that remain to be answered.
Professor Howard E. Aldrich, University of North Carolina
Professor David B. Audretsch, Indiana University
Professor William J. Baumol, New York University
Professor Pontus Braunerhjelm, Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum and KTH (editor)
Assistant Professor Robert N. Eberhart, Stanford University
Assistant Professor Charles E. Eesley, Stanford University
Professor Kathleen M. Eisenhardt, Stanford University
Professor Elisabeth Gatewood, Wake Forest University
Professor Patricia G Greeene, Babson College
Professor Bengt Johannisson, Linnéuniversitetet
Professor Josh Lerner, Harvard Business School
Professor Paul D. Reynolds, Aston University
Professor David J. Storey, University of Sussex
PhD Per Thulin, Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum and KTH
PhD Candidate Tiantian Yang, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill