This report focuses on the relation between entrepreneurship and different aspects of mobility and provides a basis for further studies. To date the entrepreneurship field has focused little on the role of mobility and the studies that do, have predominantly focused on labour mobility. We argue that entrepreneurship and mobility are intertwined and that limiting the concept of mobility to labour mobility limits our view of the entrepreneurial process.
The study is based on a literature review and interviews with established entrepreneurship scholars. We aim at widening the concept of mobility and we discuss what aspects of mobility could be relevant to entrepreneurship and we discuss how these aspects can be explored further.
We build our analysis on two cornerstones. Firstly, a general framework of entrepreneurshipbased on known established scholarly work. In this study we view entrepreneurship as creative organising where the entrepreneur interacts with and depends on other people and organizations. Moreover, entrepreneurship is a process. The entrepreneurship process involves; idea generation and development, opportunity identification/creation and resource allocation in a network context. Knowledge is a central part of the entrepreneurial work and we discuss the distinctions between explicit and tacit knowledge and how they relate to mobility. The other cornerstone in our analysis is a reassessment of the limited previous research that has focused on mobility in association with entrepreneurship. We derive relevant aspects of mobility through a discussion about how the term mobility has been used and what implicit and explicit assumptions about mobility that are made in the literature.
From previous research and our framework we discuss and propose eight aspects of mobility in relation to entrepreneurship: Mobility of people; Mobility of knowledge; Mobility of ideas; Mobility of opportunities; Mobility of resources; Mobility of social relations/networks or Social mobility; Mobility of infrastructure; Mobility of organisations.
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2008. , 33 p.