Abstract

Over the past three decades, entrepreneurship has evolved into a distinctive scholarly domain (Shane and Venkataraman, 2000; Shane 2012). As a relatively young discipline, entrepreneurship research is diverse, fragmented, and lacks clearly defined boundaries (Schildt, Zahra, and Sillanpaa, 2006). The continuing success and healthy development of entrepreneurship as an academic discipline depends on a better understanding of the intellectual core and structure of the field. Although entrepreneurship researchers recognize the need for a better understanding of the field, there is a lack of empirical studies that explore the identity and structure of the field as a scholarly domain (Shane 2012; Luor et al., 2014). This paper seeks to address a gap in our understanding of the field by empirically examining a large body of research that has appeared in a top journal in the field, Journal of Business Venturing (JBV), from 1985 to 2014.

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