Center for Innovation Research

Betty F. Elliott Initiative Presentation

Join us for a special lecture from Elsie Harper-Anderson, PhD, Assistant Professor, Urban and Regional Planning, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, Virginia Commonwealth University

Thursday, November 14, 2013
Presentation: 2:00 PM
Reception to follow at 3:00 PM
Location: FCS Dining Room D

Re-conceptualizing Entrepreneurship: Moving toward a full spectrum approach to understanding business ownership and business assistance

As the U.S. emerges from the worst economic crisis in several decades banking on innovation and job creation as a critical component of our recovery strategy, understanding and capitalizing on entrepreneurship is crucial both for strengthening economies and revitalizing urban neighborhoods.  Growth in the of number firms nationwide suggests that entrepreneurship activity is increasing across the US. At the same time, economic transformations over the last several decades have resulted in a complex reconfiguration of labor markets and firm formation.  While previous research has, by and large, characterized entrepreneurs either from the characteristics of business owners or by firm traits, I propose that intersections of macroeconomic changes in the organization of production, the labor market, and business culture have created a whole spectrum of contemporary hybrid entrepreneur types with very specific needs. This research combines the newly available SBO PUMS data with survey, interview, and focus group data from Detroit to develop a typology of contemporary entrepreneurs and to assess the extent to which existing assistance organizations are meeting their needs.