Contextualization and the advancement of entrepreneurship research

Shaker A. Zahra, Mike Wright, Sondos G. Abdelgawad

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This article analyzes the role of context in the advancement of entrepreneurship research. It defines contextualization and discusses why and how it is important in entrepreneurship research analysing the evidence relating to different dimensions of entrepreneurial context, focusing on temporal, industry, spatial, social and organizational, ownership and governance. The nature of entrepreneurship research, with and without contextualization, is explored and finally, the article considers the challenges in undertaking contextualized entrepreneurship research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)479-500
Number of pages22
JournalInternational Small Business Journal
Issue number5
StatePublished - Aug 2014


  • advancement
  • dimensions
  • entrepreneurial context
  • entrepreneurship
  • research


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