Alphabetized list of theories about entrepreneurship:

  1. Achievement Motivation Theory
  2. Actor-Network Theory
  3. Actualization Theory
  4. Agency Theory
  5. Agglomeration Theory
  6. Alertness Theory
  7. Ambiguity Tolerance Theory
  8. Architectural Theory of Entrepreneurship
  9. Attribution Theory 
  10. Baumol's Theory
  11. Bicultural Theory 
  12. Birth Order Theory
  13. Born Global Startups;
  14. Brain Parasite Theory
  15. Bricolage Theory
  16. Cantillon Theory
  17. Cognitive Evaluation Theory
  18. Competence Destruction Theory
  19. Contingency Theory
  20. Creative Destruction Theory
  21. Critical Theory
  22. Cultural Theory
  23. Diffusion of Innovations Theory
  24. Disagreeableness Theory
  25. Disruptive Innovation Theory
  26. Dynamic Capabilities  
  27. Effectuation Theory
  28. Emancipation Theory
  29. Embeddedness Theory 
  30. Expectancy Theory
  31. Experiential Learning Theory
  32. Feminist Theory
  33. First Mover Theory
  34. Genetic Theory
  35. Great Man Theory 
  36. Harvard School Theory
  37. Hoselitz Theory
  38. Hubris Theory
  39. Human Capital Theory
  40. Hybrid Entrepreneurship
  41. Impulsivity Theory
  42. Individual Ambidexterity 
  43. Individual-Opportunity Nexus
  44. Informal Entrepreneurship
  45. Information Asymmetry Theory 
  46. Information Processing Theory
  47. Institutional Theory
  48. Jack of All Trades Theory
  49. Knowledge Spillover Theory
  50. Lean Launchpad Theory 
  51. Liquidity Theory
  52. Locus of Control Theory
  53. Machiavellian Theory
  54. McLuhan Theory
  55. Mental Disorders 
  56. Misfit Theory
  57. Necessity Versus Opportunity
  58. Niche Theory
  59. Passion Theory
  60. Pecking Order Theory
  61. Physiological Theory
  62. Planned Behavior Theory
  63. Population Ecology
  64. Procedural Justice Theory
  65. Prospect Theory
  66. Radical Subjectivism
  67. Real Options Theory
  68. Regulatory Focus Theory
  69. Religious Theory
  70. Resilience Theory 
  71. Resource Based Theory
  72. Resource Dependency Theory
  73. Resource Scarcity Theory
  74. Risk Compensation Theory
  75. Self-Competition Theory
  76. Self-Efficacy Theory
  77. Serial Entrepreneurship Theory
  78. Signaling Theory
  79. Slacker Theory
  80. Social Capital Theory
  81. Social Entrepreneurship Theory
  82. Social Exchange Theory
  83. Social Identity Theory
  84. Social Judgement Theory
  85. Spinout Theory
  86. Stages Theory
  87. Stakeholder Theory
  88. Stewardship Theory
  89. Strategic Disagreements Theory
  90. Transaction Cost Theory
  91. Uncertainty-Bearing Theory
  92. Upper Echelons Theory
  93. Utility Theory
  94. Weak Ties Theory
  95. Withdrawal of Status Respect Theory
  96. X-Efficiency Theory

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Shayna Adelman said…
Has any research been done into whether there is a difference in the need for social capital for men verses women?
Anonymous said…
Regarding the disagreeableness theory of entrepreneurship, this tends to uphold the notion of the entrepreneur as one who started her own business because she was a difficult employee: not wanting to take orders from anyone, not handling suggestions well, having different urgencies and priorities.
Unknown said…
In regards to the "Great Man Theory" - I think it's a way to give credit to the visionaries who led their respective fields (whether this is technology, political, war, etc). I don't think it takes away credit from any of the other involved parties, but it just highlights the fact that many of these great accomplishment were the brainchild or were led by great visionaries and sometimes "bigger than life" figures who had truly special abilities.
DWest said…
In reading the Impulsivity Theory, I find that in entrepreneurship I've seen it to be true in which entrepreneurs seem to be a bit more impulsive, I can see how hyper-active disorder is also connected. It puts many of the questions I had in why one becomes an entrepreneur into perspective.

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