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Entrepreneurial ecosystems in cities: the role of institutions

Audretsch, D. B., Belitski, M. ORCID: and Cherkas, N. ORCID: (2021) Entrepreneurial ecosystems in cities: the role of institutions. PLOS ONE, 16 (3). e0247609. ISSN 1932-6203

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Entrepreneurship activity varies significantly across cities. We use the novel data for 1,652 ecosystem actors across sixteen cities in nine developing and transition economies during 2018–2019 to examine the role that institutional context plays in facilitating the productive entrepreneurship and reducing the unproductive entrepreneurship. This study is the first to develop and test a model of multi-dimensional institutional arrangements in cities. It demonstrates that not just that institutions matter in shaping the entrepreneurship ecosystem in cities, but in particular those institutional arrangements enhancing the productive and reducing unproductive entrepreneurship. Our findings suggest that differences between normative, cognitive, and regulatory pillars are associated with variance in both types of entrepreneurship in cities. For the formation of productive and high-growth entrepreneurs, all three pillars of institutional arrangement matter. For unproductive entrepreneurship normative pillar of institutions and the role of civil society matter most. This study has theoretical and practical implications for entrepreneurship ecosystem policy in cities.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Henley Business School > Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
ID Code:96751
Uncontrolled Keywords:Research Article, Earth sciences, Social sciences, Biology and life sciences, Ecology and environmental sciences, Computer and information sciences, Research and analysis methods
Publisher:Public Library of Science


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