Sociological Theories

Critical Theory of Entrepreneurship
Critical theory questions the assumptions and approaches to entrepreneurship research currently in use.
Emancipation Theory and Entrepreneurship
Views the entrepreneur as leading a process of emancipation.
Embeddedness Theory of Entrepreneurship
The theory looks at the entrepreneurs as part of a web of durable social relations that constraint and enable them.
Informal Entrepreneurship Theory
An emerging literature that recognizes the importance of informal types of entrepreneurship.

Institutional Theory and Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurs need to build legitimacy in order to succeed in business.
Entrepreneurs are affected by powerful actors and can also have power to affect change.

Social Capital Theory of Entrepreneurship
This theory views the entrepreneur’s social capital as the most important determinant of entrepreneurial entry and success.
Social Identity Theory and Entrepreneurship
This theory focuses on the individual’s self-perception as the main driver of entrepreneurial behaviors.
Social Exchange Theory of Entrepreneurship
Examines the role of exchange relationships in entrepreneurship.
Social Judgement Theory
The theory looks to the perceptions of others as a constraint for new entrepreneurs and their ventures.
Social Network Theory of Entrepreneurship
The structure of social networks and their component parts may influence entrepreneurship.

Weak Ties Theory of Entrepreneurship
The main idea is that opportunities comes from acquaintances not form close friends.

Withdrawal of Status Respect Theory of Entrepreneurship
Takes a long run perspective examining the entrepreneurial tendencies of whole cultural populations.

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