Local entrepreneurial ecosystems as configural narratives: A new way of seeing and evaluating antecedents and outcomes



Muñoz, Pablo, Kibler, Ewald, Mandakovic, Vesna and Amoros, Jose
(2020) Local entrepreneurial ecosystems as configural narratives: A new way of seeing and evaluating antecedents and outcomes. Research Policy.

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Abstract

This paper develops and applies a new evaluative approach to local entrepreneurial ecosystems, as configural narratives. We examine how configurations of local entrepreneurial ecosystem attributes, as evaluated by local experts, support or hinder the emergence of new and innovative firms. Drawing on sociology of place, we present a novel configurational comparative analysis of local experts’ evaluation of their ecosystems in Chile. Our proposed approach to entrepreneurial ecosystems helps us uncover two counterintuitive findings and so elaborate on interferences that have not yet been addressed through conventional concepts, methods and data. First, we reveal three distinct ecosystem types explaining different local levels of new firm activity: Active self-propelled, Indulged and Passive self-absorbed. The internal composition of these types change when only innovative and high growth firms are taken into consideration. Second, we show why, when seen as configural narratives, ecosystem attributes that have been assumed necessary play only a peripheral role. Our study demonstrates a split picture against seemingly similar outcomes and homogenous local contexts, contributing to the advancement of entrepreneurial ecosystem theory, observation and assessment.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Local entrepreneurial ecosystems, Local experts, Evaluation, New firms, High-growth firms, Sociology of place
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2020 09:19
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2021 11:47
DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2020.104065
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URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3090566