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Title: Conceptualising entrepreneurship in a transition context

Authors: David Smallbone, Friederike Welter

Addresses: Small Business Research Centre, Kingston University, Kingston Hill, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey KT2 7LB, UK. ' University of Siegen, D-57068 Siegen, Germany

Abstract: The paper sets out to review entrepreneurship in transition countries, assessing the extent to which theories and concepts of entrepreneurship developed in a market economy context can provide an appropriate interpretative framework. This is done in order to develop propositions for a model of entrepreneurship under transition conditions, which captures (1) the distinctive features of entrepreneurship, (2) the context for entrepreneurship in these countries and (3) the entrepreneurial process. The paper builds on previous papers by the authors, selectively using empirical evidence to support appropriate conceptualisation.

Keywords: entrepreneurship; small and medium enterprises; SMEs; transition economies; market economy; new ventures.

DOI: 10.1504/IJESB.2006.008928

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 2006 Vol.3 No.2, pp.190 - 206

Available online: 03 Feb 2006 *

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