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Developing Local Entrepreneurial Ecosystems through Integrated Learning Initiatives: The Lancaster Case

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>28/02/2021
<mark>Journal</mark>Small Business Economics
Number of pages15
Pages (from-to)833-847
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date11/11/19
<mark>Original language</mark>English


This paper considers a concept gaining popularity: entrepreneurial ecosystems. It finds a significant lacuna in the concept as it stands as it does not sufficiently consider learning within regional ecosystems. Considering the established centrality of learning for entrepreneurial activity and regional development, it is surprising that the entrepreneurial ecosystems literature does not yet incorporate how learning occurs in time and space within regional ecosystems. This paper presents research conducted in the North West of England over (twenty) years examining programmes to support entrepreneurial and regional development. It argues that learning, and the pro-active support thereof, is crucial within an entrepreneurial ecosystem and should be fully considered within theoretical frameworks and policy blueprints designed to support and encourage entrepreneurship within regions. As a tangible suggestion of how to theoretically incorporate learning into entrepreneurship ecosystem development efforts, we present an Integrated Learning Model developed by entrepreneurship scholars through collaborations with practitioners.

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The final publication is available at Springer via https://doi.org/10.1007/s11187-019-00271-5