Recently, entrepreneurial ecosystems have become a trending topic for entrepreneurship scholars and regional policymakers worldwide. Aiming at developing their regional economies, politicians are keen to building a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem. While there is a consensus that policymakers play essential roles in early evolutionary stages of entrepreneurial ecosystems, the literature on entrepreneurial ecosystems offers limited knowledge about how government-led ecosystem-building initiatives influence the emergence and long-term development of entrepreneurial ecosystems. To address this research gap, this study conceptualizes entrepreneurial ecosystems as meta-organizations and explores how ecosystem-building initiatives by public organizations influence power dynamics within the ecosystem and how it changes the meta-organizational strategic aims and evolutionary path of the system. By analyzing two entrepreneurial ecosystems, this study reveals how activities of government agencies in entrepreneurial ecosystems shape their governance structure and impact their evolution.
|Academy of Management Proceedings
|Academy of Management
|82nd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management
|5/08/22 → 9/08/22