Necessary support or unexpected inhibitor: government-led initiatives in entrepreneurial ecosystems

Jan Harima*, Sunghwan Cho

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAcademy of Management Proceedings
EditorsSonia Taneja
PublisherAcademy of Management
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2022
Event82nd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management - Seattle, United States
Duration: 5 Aug 20229 Aug 2022

Publication series

NameAcademy of Management Proceedings
PublisherAcademy of Management
ISSN (Print)0065-0668
ISSN (Electronic)2151-6561


Conference82nd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management
Abbreviated titleAOM 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited States


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