Evolutionary entrepreneurial ecosystems: a research pathway

Sunghwan Cho*, Paul Ryan, Giulio Buciuni

*Corresponding author for this work

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The recent widespread interest of policy in entrepreneurial ecosystems has been complemented by a burgeoning academic research output. This research to date may be broadly categorized as focusing on place, actors, governance, and evolution. Of these groupings, evolutionary processes have been paid least attention despite their centrality to a dynamic ecosystem phenomenon that evolves from an origin through processes of growth, adaptation, and resilience. To redress this imbalance, we frame a future research agenda on evolutionary processes of entrepreneurial ecosystems. Foremost amongst these are the competing lens for the evolutionary processes, the appropriate and evolving geographic scope and boundaries of the ecosystem, and the evolving visible or invisible modes of governance.
Methodologically, we call for greater use of longitudinal studies of such evolutionary processes.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages19
JournalSmall Business Economics
Early online date14 May 2021
Publication statusEarly online - 14 May 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Entrepreneurial ecosystem
  • Evolution
  • Governance
  • Adaptive
  • Lifecycle
  • Longitudinal
  • Review


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