Social Capital and Entrepreneurship: A Schema and Research Agenda

Authors

  • Eric Gedajlovic,

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    • Eric Gedajlovic is the Beedie Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
  • Benson Honig,

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    • Benson Honig is the Teresa Cascioli Chair in Entrepreneurial Leadership at the DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He is one of the editors of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, and also serves on numerous editorial boards in entrepreneurship and management.
  • Curt B. Moore,

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    • Curt B. Moore is an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management at the Area of Management, Rawls College of Business, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, USA.
  • G. Tyge Payne,

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    • G. Tyge Payne is an Associate Professor of Strategic Management and Jerry S. Rawls Professor of Management at the Area of Management, Rawls College of Business, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, USA.
  • Mike Wright

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    • Mike Wright is a Professor of Entrepreneurship in the in the Centre for Management Buy-out Research, Imperial College Business School, Visiting Professor at the University of Ghent, Past Chair of the Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Division and a Co-editor of Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal.

  • The authors are listed alphabetically and contributed equally to this article and to editing this special issue. They wish to thank Keith H. Brigham and Miles A. Zachary for helpful comments on earlier versions of this article and the editorial team of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice for the opportunity to edit the special issue. They also extend many thanks to the discussants and reviewers whose efforts have helped bring this special issue to fruition.

Please send correspondence to: Eric Gedajlovic, tel.: +1 (778) 782-9203; e-mail: etp@gedajlovic.com, to Benson Honig at bhonig@mcmaster.ca, to Curt B. Moore at curt.moore@ttu.edu, to G. Tyge Payne at tyge.payne@ttu.edu, and to Mike Wright at mike.wright@imperial.ac.uk.

Abstract

This introduction to the special issue considers past and current research on “Social Capital and Entrepreneurship” to develop a schema and an associated research agenda. With the general goal of establishing social capital as a foundational theory of entrepreneurship, we discuss how future research can utilize social capital perspectives across levels of analysis and contexts to explain a wide variety of entrepreneurship phenomena.

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