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Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: A Dynamic Lifecycle Model

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  • Uwe Cantner

    () (Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany)

  • James A. Cunningham

    () (Northumbria University, Newcastle, United Kingdom)

  • Erik E. Lehmann

    () (University of Augsburg, Germany)

  • Matthias Menter

    () (Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany)

Abstract

The concept of entrepreneurial ecosystems has been used as a framework to explain entrepreneurial activities within regions and industrial sectors. Despite the usefulness of this approach, the concept is under-theorized, especially with regard to the evolution of entrepreneurial ecosystems. The current literature is lacking a theoretical foundation that addresses the development and change of entrepreneurial ecosystems over time and does not consider the inherent dynamics of entrepreneurial ecosystems that lead to their birth, growth, maturity, decline and re-emergence. Taking an industry lifecycle perspective, this paper addresses this research gap by elaborating a dynamic entrepreneurial ecosystem lifecycle model. We propose that an ecosystem transitions from an entrepreneurial ecosystem, with a focus on new firm creation, towards a business ecosystem, with a core focus on the internal commercialization of knowledge, i.e. intrapreneurial activities, and vice versa. Our dynamic model thus captures the oscillation that occurs among entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs through the different phases of an ecosystem's lifecycle. Our dynamic lifecycle model may thus serve as a starting point for future empirical studies focusing on ecosystems and provide the basis for a further understanding of the interrelatedness between and co-existence of new and incumbent firms.

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  • Uwe Cantner & James A. Cunningham & Erik E. Lehmann & Matthias Menter, 2019. "Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: A Dynamic Lifecycle Model," Jena Economic Research Papers 2019-008, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena.
  • Handle: RePEc:jrp:jrpwrp:2019-008
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    Keywords

    Entrepreneurial Ecosystems; Lifecycles; Dynamism; Transition; Entrepreneurship; Intrapreneurship;

    JEL classification:

    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
    • O32 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Management of Technological Innovation and R&D
    • O33 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes

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