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Entrepreneurial Neighbourhoods. Towards an Understanding of the Economies of Neighbourhoods and Communities

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Despite the growing evidence on the importance of the neighbourhood, entrepreneurship studies have largely neglected the role of neighbourhoods. This book addresses the nexus between entrepreneurship, neighbourhoods and communities, confirming not only the importance of ‘the local’ in entrepreneurship, but also filling huge gaps in the knowledge base regarding this tripartite relationship. Interdisciplinary chapters explore the importance of the neighbourhood and local social networks for individual entrepreneurs, highlighting the importance of ‘the local’ in entrepreneurship across several countries. Considering entrepreneurship as a community-based, rather than individual, effort, key contributions explore how entrepreneurship can influence neighbourhoods and communities, in particular through entrepreneurial actions of residents joining forces. The book critically examines the ways in which entrepreneurship can benefit, shape and transform neighbourhoods, particularly those areas affected by social deprivation and poverty. Finally, it outlines a research agenda to further extend the scientific and policy-relevant knowledge on the relationships between entrepreneurship, neighbourhoods and communities. As a response to the international call for an interdisciplinary approach to entrepreneurship research and neighbourhood and community studies, this book will engage scholars and researchers from entrepreneurship studies, urban geography, housing studies, political studies, sociology and urban planning.
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Entrepreneurial Neighbourhoods
Towards an Understanding of the Economies of
Neighbourhoods and Communities
Entrepreneurship, Space and Place series
Edited by Maarten van Ham, Professor, Faculty of Architecture and the
Built Environment, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands and
University of St Andrews, UK, Darja Reuschke, Department of
Geography and Environment, University of Southampton, UK, Reinout
Kleinhans, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft
University of Technology, the Netherlands, Colin Mason, Professor of
Entrepreneurship, Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow
and Stephen Syrett, Professor of Local Economic Development, Centre for Enterprise and
Economic Development Research, Middlesex University, UK
Despite the growing evidence on the importance of the neighbourhood, entrepreneurship studies
have largely neglected the role of neighbourhoods. This book addresses the nexus between
entrepreneurship, neighbourhoods and communities, confirming not only the importance of ‘the
local’ in entrepreneurship, but also filling huge gaps in the knowledge base regarding this tripartite
relationship.
‘A timely and highly relevant contribution. Congratulations are due to the editors and contributing
authors for producing such a valuable work.’
– Léo-Paul Dana, Princeton University, US
‘This is a comprehensive and ground-breaking volume on the complex relationships between
enterprise, community and neighbourhood. The editors have succeeded in bringing together a
wide variety of scholars who are at the cutting edge of research and theorising in this field. The
book presents new and significant research findings and throws important new light on the
contribution of entrepreneurship to community development at a local level.’
– Peter Somerville, University of Lincoln, UK
‘Recently, entrepreneurship research has turned its attention to the ‘local’: the neighbourhoods and
communities where entrepreneurship happens. Thus, this volume is very timely and adds much to
that discussion. I very much enjoyed reading it. Its appeal is the broad range of empirical and
theoretical insights into entrepreneurial neighbourhoods. The editors have done a great job in
assembling such knowledgeable contributors who outline the different facets of entrepreneurial
neighbourhoods. All in all, a book to be recommended to scholars and policy-makers alike who are
interested in the impact of place on entrepreneurship and how entrepreneurs (can) change place.’
– Friederike Welter, Institut für Mittelstandsforschung (IfM) Bonn, and University of Siegen,
Germany
‘This engaging edited collection offers new insights about entrepreneurship in the context of
neighbourhoods and communities. The book brings together contributions from different
disciplinary and theoretical perspectives to understand this often overlooked local context of
entrepreneurial activity, and sets out the foundations for new research agendas.’
– Tim Vorley, University of Sheffield, UK
‘This collection is a timely contribution to an important area of merging discourse in the fields of
entrepreneurship and neighbourhood studies. The editors have synthesised some wonderful work
from an interdisciplinary perspective investigating the neglected role of community,
neighbourhoods and local social networks for entrepreneurship. The concept of community is
explored through a particular focus upon community-based social enterprises and their relationship
with wider economic and political trends. A valuable, stimulating and exciting book.’
– Gerard McElwee, University of Huddersfield, UK
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