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Integrative entrepreneurship research - bridging the gap between sociological and economic perspectives

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  • Dieter Bögenhold
  • Matthias Fink
  • Sascha Kraus

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The predominant perspective of entrepreneurship was rooted in the battle of entrepreneurship scholars to establish and legitimate a distinct discipline within the economics research community by delineating it from neighbouring disciplines such as sociology and psychology. As a result, social science aspects have tended to remain ignored; entrepreneurship research has largely lost the view of 'the big picture' that is necessary to understand the complex phenomenon under research. We argue that, in order to earn legitimacy as a research discipline, entrepreneurship research needs to be reintegrated into the broader landscape of social science - the missing links of entrepreneurship research. We therefore investigate which interfaces between sociological and economic perspectives can be identified in the discussion on entrepreneurship research on the basis of a questionnaire survey of 105 entrepreneurship researchers in the German-language realm, thereby providing a necessary base line for an interdisciplinary research program that offers the underpinnings for interdisciplinary research and first steps for a future integrative entrepreneurship research approach.

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  • Dieter Bögenhold & Matthias Fink & Sascha Kraus, 2014. "Integrative entrepreneurship research - bridging the gap between sociological and economic perspectives," International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 6(2), pages 118-139.
  • Handle: RePEc:ids:ijeven:v:6:y:2014:i:2:p:118-139
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    1. Bögenhold, Dieter & Klinglmair, Andrea, 2016. "Organizations, Occupations and Decentral Work: On Hybridity and Ambiguity of Own-Account Workers," MPRA Paper 76860, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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