Boundary conditions in early-stage venturing research : a systematic review

Casulli, Lucrezia and MacLaren, Andrew Craig (2022) Boundary conditions in early-stage venturing research : a systematic review. In: 82nd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, 2022-08-05 - 2022-08-09, Washington.

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It is believed that current approaches to sampling early-stage entrepreneurial activity are comprehensive because they capture all potential forms entrepreneurship can take. As entrepreneurship scholars, we have come to believe that we know what entrepreneurial action looks like when we see it, given the established indicators. However, calls for inclusivity in entrepreneurship as well as recent trends highlighting its socially situated nature, question the comprehensiveness of current approaches. Put differently, action may be taking place and lead to value creation, but it may not come to the attention of entrepreneurship researchers following current markers. In this paper we problematise existing markers of entrepreneurial action as being subject to boundary conditions and we seek to make such boundary conditions explicit through a systematic scrutiny and review of empirical literature on early venturing. The value of doing so, we contend, is that by making explicit what the existing boundary conditions are we will be better able to develop an awareness of what may be potentially left out. More broadly, we hope to spur conversations about how we sample entrepreneurial actions in empirical studies and what this means in relation to the domain of entrepreneurship in the context increasingly calling for more inclusivity and contextualisation.