Institutional theory and entrepreneurship: Where are we now and where do we need to move in the future?

Garry D. Bruton, David Ahlstrom*, Han-Lin Li

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Abstract

Institutional theory is an increasingly utilized theoretical lens for entrepreneurship research. However, while institutional theory has proven highly useful, its use has reached a point that there is a need to establish a clearer understanding of its wide-ranging application to entrepreneurship research. Therefore, we will initially review the existing entrepreneurship literature that employs institutional theory to both understand the current status of the field, its current shortcomings, and where we need to move in the future. We then summarize and discuss the articles in this special issue and how they contribute to this process of advancing institutional theory and its application in entrepreneurship research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)421-440
Number of pages20
JournalEntrepreneurship: Theory and Practice
Volume34
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 May 2010

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