4. Entrepreneurship Studies

  1. D. Douglas Caulkins2 and
  2. Ann T. Jordan3
  1. Peter Rosa1 and
  2. D. Douglas Caulkins2

Published Online: 2 OCT 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118325513.ch4

A Companion to Organizational Anthropology

A Companion to Organizational Anthropology

How to Cite

Rosa, P. and Caulkins, D. D. (2012) Entrepreneurship Studies, in A Companion to Organizational Anthropology (eds D. D. Caulkins and A. T. Jordan), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118325513.ch4

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Social Entrepreneurs of Grinnell, USA

  2. 3

    University of North Texas, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Edinburgh, UK

  2. 2

    Social Entrepreneurs of Grinnell, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 OCT 2012
  2. Published Print: 29 OCT 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405199827

Online ISBN: 9781118325513



  • entrepreneurship studies;
  • ethnocentrism;
  • social anthropology;
  • social entrepreneurship


This chapter reviews the past and present contribution of social anthropology to mainstream entrepreneurship research since it took off as an important business discipline in the 1980s. Stewart, the most prominent social anthropologist in the entrepreneurship field, has elegantly drawn attention to the potential of introducing social anthropology to researching entrepreneurship. The chapter examines how far his recommendations have been taken up in the entrepreneurship field, particularly the use of a social anthropological philosophy as well as methods. It summarizes particularly the research of those entrepreneurship researchers who have had specialized training in anthropology and try to map the influence they have had. The chapter also considers work of researchers trained in other disciplines, but who have enthusiastically adopted anthropological approaches to their research.