Much research in entrepreneurship presents results as if they are universally and timelessly valid. Entrepreneurship in Context takes the opposite tack – it studies entrepreneurship as a context bound phenomenon. For entrepreneurship, the importance of context goes beyond gaining understanding and avoiding mistakes. The reciprocal influence exercised by the entrepreneurial venture and its corresponding context is at the very heart of the entrepreneur as an agent of change. The book addresses context in a narrow sense, i.e. a person’s life situation and local, situational characteristics. It also deals with wider contexts such as social, industry, cultural, ethnic, sustainability-related, institutional, and historical contexts. The book studies the interconnectedness of all these various sub-contexts. It zooms in on the actions that entrepreneurs take to involve, engage, and influence their context and shows the changing and dynamic nature of context. It provides lessons for entrepreneurs about which contextual elements should be prioritized, engaged and sought out.

part I|35 pages


chapter 1|22 pages

Introduction to ‘Entrepreneurship in Context'

ByMarco van Gelderen, Karen Verduyn, Enno Masurel

chapter 2|13 pages

Some Reflections Concerning the Ethos and Ethics of Entrepreneurship

ByFrits Schipper

part II|24 pages


chapter 3|11 pages

Rhythmanalyzing the Emergence of the Republic of Tea

ByKaren Verduyn

chapter 4|13 pages

Individualizing Entrepreneurship Education

Putting Each Student Into Context
ByMarco van Gelderen

part III|41 pages

Engaging with Context

chapter 5|16 pages

Contextualizing Entrepreneurship in Administered Markets

New Entrants' Stakeholder Mobilization and Legitimacy Generation in Dutch Health Care
ByEveline Stam-Hulsink, Willem Hulsink

chapter 6|11 pages

Entrepreneurship for Environmentally Sustainable Design

ByBart Bossink

chapter 7|14 pages

Reducing Food Waste

An Opportunity for the Innovative Catering Entrepreneur
ByGerry Kouwenhoven, Sergej Bulterman, Vijayender Reddy

part IV|26 pages

Entrepreneurship as Context

chapter 8|15 pages

Muslim Businesswomen Doing Boundary Work

The Negotiation of Islam, Gender, and Ethnicity Within Entrepreneurial Contexts
ByCaroline Essers, Yvonne Benschop

chapter 9|11 pages

Social Capital as Networks of Networks

ByPeter Peverelli, Lynda Jiwen Song

part V|60 pages

Wider Contextual Influences

chapter 10|12 pages

Regions, Families, Religion

Continuity and Change in Social Contexts of Entrepreneurship Between 1800 and 2000
ByKarel Davids

chapter 11|12 pages

Contextualizing Chinese Indonesian Entrepreneurship

ByJuliette Koning

chapter 13|12 pages

Mennonite Community-Based Entrepreneurship in Belize, Central America

ByCarel Roessingh

chapter 14|12 pages

Entrepreneurship and Culture

ByRoy Thurik, Marcus Dejardin

part VI|41 pages

Descriptions of Context

chapter 15|14 pages

The New Dutch Economy

‘New and Colorful Entrepreneurship'
ByKarima Kourtit, Peter Nijkamp

chapter 16|13 pages

Entrepreneurial Competences in the Creative Sector

Empirical Evidence From Dutch Dance Teachers
ByEnno Masurel, Sentini Grunberg

chapter 17|14 pages

Entrepreneurship and Science-Based Venturing

The Case of Vaccine Development
ByEsther Pronker, Ab Osterhaus, Eric Claassen, Willem Hulsink