Authors: Sabrina Fredin
Addresses: CIRCLE, Lund University, P.O. Box 117, SE-22100 Lund, Sweden; School of Management, Blekinge Institute of Technology, SE-37179 Karlskrona, Sweden
Abstract: This paper uses path dependence as an interpretive lens to examine the relationship between innovative entrepreneurship and regional development. A literature review of path dependence explains why that concept is relevant for this paper. This paper reaches four conclusions about the relationship. First, in the study of innovative entrepreneurship in a regional context, the technological, social and cognitive dimensions should be taken into consideration. Second, the effect of the different types of innovative entrepreneurship on path dependence depends on specific, regional situations. Third, the dominant regional network forms an institutional foundation that may either hinder or support innovative entrepreneurship. Fourth, innovative entrepreneurs who introduce new knowledge from outside the region are more likely to alter the regional path.
Keywords: innovative entrepreneurship; path dependence; regional development; network-based approach; innovation; regional networks.
International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing, 2014 Vol.6 No.4, pp.331 - 347
Accepted: 11 Mar 2013
Published online: 08 Jan 2015 *