Human agency, entrepreneurship and regional development: a behavioural perspective on economic evolution and innovative transformation

Huggins, R. and Thompson, P. ORCID: 0000-0003-1961-7441, 2019. Human agency, entrepreneurship and regional development: a behavioural perspective on economic evolution and innovative transformation. Entrepreneurship & Regional Development. ISSN 0898-5626

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Abstract

An emerging position within theories of entrepreneurship and regional development concerns the role of human behaviour. This paper argues that the type and nature of human agency related to entrepreneurship is a significant factor in explaining the capacity of regions to achieve economic evolution through renewal and innovative transformation. It is argued that regional economic ecosystems are a primary result of the agency of a particular cadre of individuals; with the nature of these ecosystems being contingent on the underlying culture and institutional environment within a specific region. Furthermore, it is proposed that the confluence of group-level culture within a city or region and the personality psychology of individuals within these places results in a psychocultural environment that creates certain forms of human agency determining the nature of entrepreneurship. Similarly, the propensity towards entrepreneurial agency will be at least partly determined by the nature of the underlying regional economic ecosystems, especially with regards to apparent opportunity and economic returns. Drawing on these insights, the study outlines the implications for policies that seek to support entrepreneurship at the regional level, while also identifying future research required to further effective policy intervention.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Entrepreneurship & Regional Development
Creators: Huggins, R. and Thompson, P.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date: 24 November 2019
ISSN: 0898-5626
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1080/08985626.2019.1687758DOI
1246323Other
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 04 Dec 2019 11:28
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2019 10:51
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/38740

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