Entrepreneurial innovation: The importance of context

Erkko Autio, Martin Kenney, Philippe Mustar, Don Siegel, Mike Wright

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The purpose of this article and the special issue is to improve our understanding of the theoretical, managerial, and policy implications of entrepreneurial innovation. We accomplish this objective by examining the role of context in stimulating such activity, as well as its impact on the outcomes of entrepreneurial innovation. Our analysis begins by outlining an overarching framework for entrepreneurial innovation and context. With reference to this framework we then compare the attributes of national innovation systems, entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial innovation, and categorize contextual influences on entrepreneurial innovation. We then situate the papers presented in this special issue within this framework. We conclude by outlining an agenda for additional research on this topic, focusing on the relationships between contexts and entrepreneurial innovation and then discuss policy implications, focusing on how public and private actors can meet these challenges.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1097-1108
Number of pages12
JournalResearch Policy
Issue number7
StatePublished - Sep 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Entrepreneurial context
  • Entrepreneurial ecosystems
  • Entrepreneurial innovation
  • Entrepreneurship policy
  • Innovation systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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