Introduction in Entrepreneurship

25 must read articles to get up to speed

Are you looking to understand the (research) field of entrepreneurship and lay the theoretical groundwork for future research or education development then this list wil get you started.


  • Van der Veen, M., & Wakkee, I. (2006). Understanding the entrepreneurial process. New Firm Startups, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 27-65. (Link)
  • Shane, S., & Venkataraman, S. (2000). The promise of entrepreneurship as a field of research. Academy of management review, 25(1), 217-226. (Link)
  • Habiby, A. S., & Coyle, D. M. (2010). The high-intensity entrepreneur. Harvard Business Review, 88(9), 74-78. (Link)
  • Aulet, W., & Murray, F. (2013). A tale of two entrepreneurs: Understanding differences in the types of entrepreneurship in the economy. (Link)
  • Ucbasaran, D., Shepherd, D. A., Lockett, A., & Lyon, S. J. (2013). Life after business failure: The process and consequences of business failure for entrepreneurs. Journal of Management, 39(1), 163-202. (Link)

Entrepreneurship Education

  • Fayolle, A. (2013). Personal views on the future of entrepreneurship education. Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, 25(7-8), 692-701. (Link)
  • Samwel Mwasalwiba, E. (2010). Entrepreneurship education: a review of its objectives, teaching methods, and impact indicators. Education+ Training, 52(1), 20-47. (Link)


  • Stam, E. (2014). The Dutch entrepreneurial ecosystem. (Link)
  • Van Winden, W., Van den Berg, L., & Pol, P. (2007). European cities in the knowledge economy: towards a typology. Urban Studies, 44(3), 525-549. (Link)
  • Dee, N., Gill, D., Weinberg, C., & McTavish, S. (2015). Start-up support programmes: What’s the difference. Nesta. (Link)

Social Impact

  • Hajer, M., Nilsson, M., Raworth, K., Bakker, P., Berkhout, F., de Boer, Y., ... & Kok, M. (2015). Beyond cockpit-ism: Four insights to enhance the transformative potential of the sustainable development goals. Sustainability, 7(2), 1651-1660. (Link)
  • Choi, N., & Majumdar, S. (2014). Social entrepreneurship as an essentially contested concept: Opening a new avenue for systematic future research. Journal of business venturing, 29(3), 363-376. (Link)

Business plans

  • Mason, C., & Stark, M. (2004). What do investors look for in a business plan? A comparison of the investment criteria of bankers, venture capitalists and business angels. International small business journal, 22(3), 227-248. (Link)
  • Bellavitis, C., Filatotchev, I., Kamuriwo, D. S., & Vanacker, T. (2017). Entrepreneurial finance: new frontiers of research and practice: Editorial for the special issue Embracing entrepreneurial funding innovations. (Link)


  • Christensen, C. M., Raynor, M. E., & McDonald, R. (2015). What is disruptive innovation. Harvard Business Review, 93(12), 44-53. (Link)
  • De Jong, J. P., & Marsili, O. (2010). Schumpeter versus Kirzner: An empirical investigation of opportunity types. EIM Research Reports. (Link)
  • Knorringa, P., Peša, I., Leliveld, A., & Van Beers, C. (2016). Frugal innovation and development: Aides or adversaries?. The European Journal of Development Research, 28(2), 143-153. (Link)


  • Hills, G. E., Lumpkin, G. T., & Singh, R. P. (1997). Opportunity recognition: Perceptions and behaviors of entrepreneurs. Frontiers of entrepreneurship research, 17(4), 168-182.
  • Shane, S. (2000). Prior knowledge and the discovery of entrepreneurial opportunities. Organization science, 11(4), 448-469. (Link)


  • Jack, S. L., & Anderson, A. R. (2002). The effects of embeddedness on the entrepreneurial process. Journal of business Venturing, 17(5), 467-487. (Link)
  • Elfring, T., & Hulsink, W. (2003). Networks in entrepreneurship: The case of high-technology firms. Small business economics, 21(4), 409-422. (Link)
  • Andresen, E., Lundberg, H., & Wincent, J. (2014). Processes in collaborative entrepreneurship: a longitudinal case study of how multiple actors exploit a radically new opportunity. International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, 10(4), 713-726. (Link)


  • Cooney, T. M. (2005). What is an entrepreneurial team?. (Link)
  • Clarysse, B., & Moray, N. (2004). A process study of entrepreneurial team formation: the case of a research-based spin-off. Journal of Business Venturing, 19(1), 55-79. (Link)

Almost all of the articles are opensource or accessible with a AUAS-account. We are looking to make one or more syllabi containing these articles for those wanting to read the articles in hardcopy or use them in education but they won't be ready before April 2018.

Published by  Faculty of Business and Economics 2 May 2021