Disadvantaged entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial ecosystem: a critical literature review and introduction

Shuangfa Huang, David Grant Pickernell, Martina Battisti, Zoe Dann*, Carol Ekinsmyth

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Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are tasked with driving economic recovery globally, particularly through knowledge diffusion and consequently, government policy-makers strive to encourage innovation activity to benefit their economies. Entrepreneurial ecosystems (EEs) are increasingly used as a framework through which such policies are funnelled, but an increased focus on high-growth, scale-up entrepreneurship risks overlooking the effects of entrepreneurship on social groups affected by multiple sets of disadvantage. This chapter identifies and analyses the existing research on disadvantaged entrepreneurship and the EE via a systematic review of the literature and then briefly outlines how the chapters contained within this book seek to address the gaps found.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDisadvantaged Entrepreneurship and the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
EditorsDavid Grant Pickernell, Martina Battisti, Zoe Dann, Carol Ekinsmyth
PublisherEmerald Publishing Limited
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781800714502
ISBN (Print)9781800714519
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jan 2022

Publication series

NameContemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship Research
PublisherEmerald Publishing Limited
ISSN (Print)2040-7246


  • disadvantaged entrepreneurship
  • entrepreneurial ecosystem
  • critical literature review
  • introduction
  • existing research
  • gaps


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