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The missing pillar: the creativity theory of knowledge spillover entrepreneurship

  • David Audretsch


  • Maksim Belitski


Knowledge spillover theory of entrepreneurship and the prevailing theory of economic growth treat opportunities as endogenous and generally focus on opportunity recognition by entrepreneurs. New knowledge created endogenously results in knowledge spillovers enabling inventors and entrepreneurs to commercialize it. This article discusses that knowledge spillover entrepreneurship depends not only on ordinary human capital, but more importantly also on creativity embodied in creative individuals and diverse urban environments that attract creative classes. This might result in self-selection of creative individuals into entrepreneurship or enable entrepreneurs to recognize creativity and commercialize it. This creativity theory of knowledge spillover entrepreneurship is tested utilizing data on European cities. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Small Business Economics.

Volume (Year): 41 (2013)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 819-836

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Handle: RePEc:kap:sbusec:v:41:y:2013:i:4:p:819-836
DOI: 10.1007/s11187-013-9508-6
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