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The knowledge spillover theory of entrepreneurship

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  • Zoltan Acs
  • David Audretsch
  • Erik Lehmann

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According to the knowledge spillover theory of entrepreneurship, the context in which decision-making is derived can influence one’s determination to become an entrepreneur. In particular, a context that is rich in knowledge generates entrepreneurial opportunities from those ideas. By commercializing ideas that evolved from an incumbent organization via the creation of a new firm, the entrepreneur (human capital) not only serves as a conduit for the spillover of knowledge, but also for the ensuing innovative activity and enhanced economic performance through resource allocation. The knowledge spillover theory of entrepreneurship brings together contemporary theories and thoughts of entrepreneurship with prevailing theories of economic growth, geography, and strategy and therefore explains not just why some people choose to become an entrepreneur, but also why this matters significantly for the economy and society. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013

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Volume (Year): 41 (2013)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 757-774

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Keywords: Knowledge; Knowledge spillovers; Absorptive capacity; Uncertainty; Competition; Endogenous growth; J24; L26; M13; O3;

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