Relational models and entrepreneurship ecosystems

Jeffrey Muldoon, Joshua S. Bendickson, Eric W. Liguori, Shelby Solomon

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Purpose: Using social relations theory, we argue that entrepreneurship ecosystems must also include relationships such as market pricing, equality matching, authority ranking and communal sharing to be successful and thrive. Design/methodology/approach: We theorize using Fiske’s typology that a successful entrepreneurial system must have certain characteristics to be successful. Findings: In doing so, we suggest an alternative perspective of the role of exchange relationships in ecosystems which considers both the geographic context and social relationships as equally important ecosystem components. Our contributions include (1) exposing social processes as the explanatory mechanism for exchanges instead of solely market forces, (2) illustrating the role of regional cultural differences in exchanges and (3) emphasizing how entrepreneurs can better realize ecosystem benefits through understanding the methods of exchange in these ecosystems. Originality/value: Social relationships include a wide variety of different types of resources and exchange mechanisms, so by their inclusion into the entrepreneurship ecosystem literature, a more complete view of ecosystems is possible.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalInternational Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research
StateAccepted/In press - 2024

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business and International Management
  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)


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