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Research in the Sociology of Organizations

ISSN: 0733-558X
Series editor(s): Professor Michael Lounsbury

Subject Area: Organization Studies

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Introduction: The Sociology of Entrepreneurship

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Title:Introduction: The Sociology of Entrepreneurship
Author(s):Martin Ruef, Michael Lounsbury
Volume:25 Editor(s): Martin Ruef, Michael Lounsbury ISBN: 978-0-7623-1433-1 eISBN: 978-1-84950-498-0
Citation:Martin Ruef, Michael Lounsbury (2007), Introduction: The Sociology of Entrepreneurship, in Martin Ruef, Michael Lounsbury (ed.) The Sociology of Entrepreneurship (Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Volume 25), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.1-29
DOI:10.1016/S0733-558X(06)25001-8 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Article type:Chapter Item
Abstract:The sociology of entrepreneurship is a blossoming field of research, but its scholarly contribution has been critiqued for its lack of coherence and intellectual distance from the sociological mainstream. In this article, we critically examine the theoretical presuppositions of the field, trace its historical origins, and attempt to situate the sociology of entrepreneurship within the sociological canon. We place special emphasis on the contribution of Max Weber, whose early work provides a useful template for a comprehensive approach to understanding the context, process, and effects of entrepreneurial activity. We conclude by locating contemporary approaches to entrepreneurship – including the contributions in this volume – within this neo-Weberian framework.

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