Title: New perspectives on innovative entrepreneurship and path dependence - a regional approach

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.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEV.2014.066837

International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing, 2014 Vol.6 No.4, pp.331 - 347

Received: 22 May 2012
Accepted: 11 Mar 2013

Published online: 08 Jan 2015 *

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