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THE SOCIOLOGY OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP

THE SOCIOLOGY OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP,10.1146/annurev.soc.25.1.19,Annual Review of Sociology,Patricia H. Thornton

THE SOCIOLOGY OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP   (Citations: 160)
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Recent research on entrepreneurship by sociologists has focused on subsec- tors of the discipline rather than on entrepreneurship as a class. This review draws insights from diverse literatures to develop a sociological perspective on entrepreneurship as a whole. Until recently, the supply-side perspective, which focuses on the individual traits of entrepreneurs, has been the domi- nant school of research. Newer work from the demand-side perspective has focused on rates, or the context in which entrepreneurship occurs. This re- view emphasizes this less developed demand-side perspectiveóin particu- lar, the influence of firms and markets on how, where, and why new enter- prises are founded. I take stock of the differences and separation in the two perspectives and argue that sociological frameworks, an embeddedness per- spective, institutional and ecological theory, and multilevel models can be used to integrate the two schools and extend their research implications.
Journal: Annual Review of Sociology - ANNU REV SOCIOL , vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 19-46, 1999
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