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"The Knowledge Context & The Entrepreneurial Process: Academic, User & Employee Entrepreneurship"

Sonali Shah, Rajshree Agarwal, and David Audretsch

 

First Author :

Sonali Shah
Business Administration
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, College of Business
1206 S. Sixth Street
350 Wohlers Hall, MC 706
Champaign, IL 61820
USA

217-244-1728

sonali@uiuc.edu

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Second Author :

Rajshree Agarwal
Business Administration
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, College of Business
1206 S. Sixth Street
339 Wohlers Hall, M/C 706
Champaign, IL 61820
USA

217-265-5513

agarwalr@uiuc.edu

http://www.business.uiuc.edu/faculty/agarwal.html


Third Author :

David Audretsch
Indiana University, Institute of Development Strategies
SPEA Suite 201
1315 East 10th Street, Room 201
Bloomington, IN 47405-1701
USA

812-855-6766

daudrets@indiana.edu

 
 
Abstract :
 
The knowledge context is the social, economic, and organizational setting within which an individual is situated. This paper ties together observations from three distinct empirical areas of the entrepreneurship literature - academic entrepreneurship, employee entrepreneurship, and user entrepreneurship to build a cohesive framework for understanding how the knowledge context shapes the perspectives and behaviors of individual entrepreneurs. Based on our framework, we propose that the knowledge context influences individual and industry level patterns such as the career stage at which individuals are most likely to engage in entrepreneurial activity, formation of new firms over the course of the industry life cycle, and geographic clustering of firms.
 
 
Manuscript Received : 2006
Manuscript Published : 2006
 
 
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