Does It Need to be Broader or Deeper? Trade-Offs in Entrepreneurship Theorizing

Dean A. Shepherd*, Trenton A. Williams

*Corresponding author for this work

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Given the importance of theorizing about an entrepreneurial phenomenon, we seek to highlight the common challenges of entrepreneurship papers’ theorizing and offer suggestions for how we (as a community of scholars) can address these challenges to develop more robust and impactful entrepreneurship papers to advance the entrepreneurship field. Specifically, we identify the following major reviewer comments of entrepreneurship papers regarding their scope, common features (i.e., contextualization, boundary conditions, and time considerations), and “point of view”. Elaborating on these common comments of entrepreneurship theory papers, we offer guidance on incorporating these insights when writing or reviewing entrepreneurship papers.

Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalEntrepreneurship: Theory and Practice
Publication statusPublished - 2022
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed


  • opportunity recognition
  • opportunity search/discovery
  • organization theory
  • philosophy
  • time/temporal aspects
  • 512 Business and Management


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