Title: Successful entrepreneurship ecosystems for regional development: a proposal for their modelling and creation

Authors: Viviana Molina; Jorge Maya

Addresses: Universidad Autónoma de Manizales, Antigua Estación del ferrocarril. Manizales, Caldas, Colombia; Universidad de Caldas, Calle 65 # 26-10 Manizales, Caldas, Colombia; Universidad EAFIT, Carrera 49 N 7 Sur – 50, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia ' Universidad Autónoma de Manizales, Antigua Estación del ferrocarril. Manizales, Caldas, Colombia; Universidad de Caldas, Calle 65 # 26-10 Manizales, Caldas, Colombia; Universidad EAFIT, Carrera 49 N 7 Sur – 50, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia

Abstract: This article proposes a theoretical-methodological approach for the modelling and creation of entrepreneurial ecosystems, a notion that dominates in current entrepreneurial literature. Drawing upon the extant literature on ecosystems and their complexity in different contexts we focus on Manizales Más, an entrepreneurial ecosystem in Colombia, to discuss it as an artefact of fourth order design. At present, the relevant literature and theoretical insights are summarised while appropriate methodology for future research is discussed. The study aims at connecting the general notion of 'ecosystem' with entrepreneurial ecosystems in a precise way for further empirical research.

Keywords: entrepreneurship ecosystems; complex adaptive systems; systemic design; entrepreneurship; artefact.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIRD.2018.10018602

International Journal of Innovation and Regional Development, 2018 Vol.8 No.4, pp.322 - 336

Received: 24 Feb 2018
Accepted: 25 Oct 2018

Published online: 18 Jan 2019 *

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