In "Entrepreneurial Opportunities and the Entrepreneurship Nexus", Davidsson (2015) suggested the notion of External Enablers (EE) as a more workable approach than Shane and Venkataraman's opportunities to account for the role of objective, actor-independent circumstances in new venture creation. Other researchers have since employed the EE construct (e.g., Bennett, 2018; Frederiks, Englis, Ehrenhard, & Groen, 2018; Leten, Belderbos, & Van Looy, 2016; Nambisan, 2017), and Davidsson and co-workers have deepened its conceptualization (Davidsson, Recker, & von Briel, 2018; von Briel, Davidsson, & Recker, 2018). EEs were already a central theme at a successful PDW at last year's AoM Annual Meeting, and we are now planning to develop an EE-centered PDW proposal for the 2019 AoM Annual meeting.
We are therefore looking for high-quality, not-yet published work where external enablers or the EE construct play a significant role. If you are involved in this type of research and interested in showcasing it at a PDW, please send a brief EOI with a description of your on-going EE research to:
Bennett, D. L. (2018). Infrastructure investments and entrepreneurial dynamism in the US. Journal of Business Venturing, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusvent.2018.10.005.
Davidsson, P. (2015). Entrepreneurial opportunities and the entrepreneurship nexus: A re-conceptualization. Journal of Business Venturing, 30(5), 674–695.
Davidsson, P., Recker, J., & von Briel, F. (2018). External enablement of new venture creation: A framework. Academy of Management Perspectives, doi.org/10.5465/amp.2017.0163.
Frederiks, A. J., Englis, B. G., Ehrenhard, M. L., & Groen, A. J. (2018). Entrepreneurial cognition and the quality of new venture ideas: An experimental approach to comparing future-oriented cognitive processes. Journal of Business Venturing, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusvent.2018.05.007.
Leten, B., Belderbos, R., & Van Looy, B. (2016). Entry and technological performance in new technology domains: Technological opportunities, technology competition and technological relatedness. Journal of Management Studies.
Nambisan, S. (2017). Digital entrepreneurship: Toward a digital technology perspective of entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 41(6), 1029-1055.
Shane, S. A., & Venkataraman, S. (2000). The promise of entrepreneurship as a field of research. Academy of Management Review, 25(1), 217-226.
von Briel, F., Davidsson, P., & Recker, J. (2018). Digital technologies as external enablers of new venture creation in the IT hardware sector. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 42(1), 47-69.
Frederik von Briel
QUT Business School
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