Title: Mapping and thematic analysis of cultural entrepreneurship research

Authors: Tobias Bürger; Christine Volkmann

Addresses: Schumpeter School of Business and Economics, University of Wuppertal, Gaußstraße 20, 42119, Wuppertal, Germany ' Schumpeter School of Business and Economics, University of Wuppertal, Gaußstraße 20, 42119, Wuppertal, Germany

Abstract: Two decades of cultural entrepreneurship research have passed, but until now relatively little is known about the development of this new field of scientific inquiry. To evaluate the progress, we conduct a large-scale scientometric-based systematic literature review on 350 publications. Results of our mapping analyses show that the research community devoted to cultural entrepreneurship research is rather individualistic and fragmented, characterised by an intense import of theory and a persistent lack of internal orientation. The thematic analysis reveals the emergence of seven dominant themes that can be grouped into three distinct clusters of cultural entrepreneurship research. However, despite recent advances in the academic institutionalisation and the dissemination of themes, the field is still in its infancy. In conclusion, the present study provides tailored recommendations on how to overcome the liabilities the field displays.

Keywords: cultural entrepreneurship; creative entrepreneurship; art entrepreneurship; systematic literature review; scientometric evaluation; bibliometrics; citation analysis; thematic analysis; contextualisation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJESB.2020.107752

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 2020 Vol.40 No.2, pp.192 - 229

Accepted: 23 Aug 2018
Published online: 10 Jun 2020 *

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