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    Applying the entrepreneurial ecosystem concept to regional entrepreneurship policy analysis - a critique

    Potter, Jonathan and Lawton Smith, Helen (2024) Applying the entrepreneurial ecosystem concept to regional entrepreneurship policy analysis - a critique. In: Huggins, R. and Thompson, P. and Kitagawa, F. and Theodoraki, C. and Prokop, D. (eds.) Entrepreneurial ecosystems in cities and regions: Emergence, Evolution and Future”. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780192866264.

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    This chapter applies the Stam (2015) entrepreneurial ecosystems framework to analysing region-level policy levers for improving start-up and scale-up performance in five case study regions, three in Poland and two in the UK. It uses primary and secondary data to identify weak links in the regional entrepreneurial ecosystems, and assesses how to strengthen policy measures in the regions to address the entrepreneurship barriers. It also considers what methods can provide information on ecosystem quality and the strengths and weaknesses of the qualitative and quantitative approaches adopted. It finds that the entrepreneurial ecosystems concept offers a useful empirically- and theoretically-informed framework to steer entrepreneurship policy development at regional level. However, it highlights certain issues that have not been well addressed by the framework. These include the limited relevance of some ecosystem elements; insufficient attention to anchor organisations; variations in ecosystem conditions by sector, sub-region and social group; and possible difficulties in disentangling which elements of the ecosystem drive system performance. Future research and framework refinements could make the entrepreneurial ecosystem concept an even stronger tool for policy development on regional entrepreneurship.


    Item Type: Book Section
    Additional Information: This chapter also appears as CIMR WP 61
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): entrepreneurial ecosystems, regional entrepreneurship policy, Poland, UK, regions
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Business School
    Research Centres and Institutes: Innovation Management Research, Birkbeck Centre for
    Depositing User: Helen Lawton Smith
    Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2024 05:15
    Last Modified: 11 Apr 2024 03:51


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