About Us

Dr. Andre Laplume is an Associate Professor in Entrepreneurship and Strategy at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. Holds a PhD in Management, MBA and Bachelor of Computer Science from the University of Manitoba.

He is interested in the intersections between incumbent firms and startups. His research aims to explain and predict entrepreneurial behaviors and firm responses. He is looking to advise masters students in entrepreneurship or strategy interested in Ryerson's Masters of Science in Management program.

Dr. Sepideh Yeganegi is an Assistant Professor of Management at the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics at Wilfred Laurier University. She earned a PhD in Management from University of Manitoba and a Master's in Entrepreneurship from the University of Tehran.

She is interested in barriers to and enablers of entrepreneurship. She has published in Research Policy, Journal of Small Business Management and the Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings.

Message from Andre:

When I was a doctoral student and tenure-track professor, I looked for a source that would provide me with an outline of all the theories of entrepreneurship. I couldn’t find one, so I decided to make this blog, which may be useful for graduate students studying entrepreneurship. It might also be of use to researchers shifting toward entrepreneurship research. This blog can also be useful for entrepreneurs and prospective entrepreneurs, who may use it to reflect on their own experiences, or assess their own situation and prospects.

My goal is to provide short summaries of each theory and to assess the evidence in support of the theory. The blog includes old theories, popular theories, debunked theories, and highly prominent theories. I include debunked theories because it is important that we don’t repeat the mistakes of the past, and also because it is fun and interesting to see what people thought in the past.

One problem with a project like this is that it pushes the boundaries. As one of my fellow researchers put it:

"There is also a lot of ambiguity in terms of what a 'theory of entrepreneurship' means. What are you explaining? There are so many possible things to explain under the umbrella of entrepreneurship. For example does a theory of team behavior that explains founder relationship dynamics in team ventures count as a theory of entrepreneurship? Does a theory that just focuses on the decision of whether or not to leave one’s existing job to start a business, count as a theory of entrepreneurship?"

Perhaps I can tolerate this ambiguity and I hope the reader can too!

Academic Publications by the Authors:


Financial Times 50 Refereed Journal Articles

Laplume, A. O., Petersen, B., Pearce, J. M. 2016. Global value chains from a 3D printing perspective. Journal of International Business Studies, 47: 595-609.

Yeganegi, S., Laplume, A. O., Dass, P., Huynh, C. L. 2016. Where do spinouts come from? The role of technology relatedness and institutional context. Research Policy, 45(5): 1103-1112.

Xavier-Oliveira, E., Laplume, A. O., Pathak, S. 2015. What motivates entrepreneurial entry under economic inequality? The role of human and financial capital. Human Relations, 68(7): 1183-1207.

Laplume, A.O., Sonpar, K., Litz, R.A. 2008. Stakeholder theory: A longitudinal review of a theory that moves us. Journal of Management, 32(6): 1152-1189.

Refereed Journal Articles

Yeganegi, S., Dass, P., Laplume, A. O., Greidanus, N. S. 2018. Individual-level ambidexterity and entrepreneurial entry. In press at: Journal of Small Business Management.

Pathak, S., Laplume, A. O., Xavier-Oliveira, E. 2016. Informal institutions and technology use by entrepreneurs: An empirical study across 18 emerging markets. International Journal of Emerging Markets, 11(1): 57-71.

Pathak, S., Xavier-Oliveira, E., Laplume, A. O. 2016. Technology use and availability in entrepreneurship: informal economy as moderator of institutions in emerging economies. The Journal of Technology Transfer, 41(3): 506-529.

Laplume, A.O., Dass, P. 2015. Outstreaming for ambidexterity: Evolving a firm’s core business from components to systems by serving internal and external customers. Long Range Planning, 48: 135-150.

Laplume, A. O., Xavier-Oliveira, E., Dass, P., Thakur, R. 2015. The organizational advantage in early inventing and patenting: Empirical evidence from interference proceedings. Technovation, 43: 40-48.

Pathak, S., Laplume, A., Xavier-Oliveira, E. 2015. Inbound foreign direct investment and domestic entrepreneurial activity. Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, 27(5-6): 334-356.

Laplume, A.O., Pathak, S., Oliveira, E. M. R. 2014. The politics of intellectual property rights regimes: An empirical study of new technology use in entrepreneurship. Technovation, 34(12): 807-816.

Laplume, A.O., Srivastava, M. 2014. Firm newness, product novelty and aesthetic failure. Management Decision, 52(10): 1952-1967.

Srivastava, M. K., Laplume, A.O. 2014. Matching technology strategy with knowledge structure:  Implications on firm’s Tobin’s q in the semiconductor industry. Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, 33: 93-112.

Pathak, S., Xavier-Oliveira, E., Laplume, A. O. 2013. Influence of intellectual property, foreign investment, and technological adoption on technology entrepreneurship. Journal of Business Research, 66(10): 2090-2101.

Other Publications and Book Chapters

Laplume, A. 2018. Blockchain Ventures and International Business. In International Business in the Information and Digital Age (pp. 141-157). Emerald Publishing Limited.

Muralidharan, E., Bapuji, H., Laplume, A. 2015. Influence of institutional profiles on time to recall. Management Research Review, 38(6), 605-626.

Walker, K., Laplume, A.O. 2014. Sustainability fellowships: The potential for collective stakeholder influence. European Business Review, 26(2): 149-168.

Fasal, H., Laplume, A.O., Muralidharan, E. 2015. Technological innovation and adopter self-construal. International Journal of Innovation and Technology Management, 12(4): 1-32.

Pathak, S., Oliveira, E., Laplume, A.O. 2015. Entrepreneurship in transition economies: the role of corruption and individual attributes. Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, 17(4), 427-446.

Fasal, H., Laplume, A.O., Muralidharan, E. 2014. The influence of self and group-enhancing innovations on user self-construal: An experimental study. Jordan Journal of Business Administration, 10(1): 129-144.

Muralidharan, E., Laplume, A.O. 2014. The relationship between type of organization, learning, and product failures. Current Topics in Management, 17: 67-86.

Pathak, S., Laplume, A.O., Oliveira, E. 2013. A multi-level empirical study of ethnic diversity and shadow economy as moderators of opportunity recognition and entrepreneurial entry in transition economies. Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, 15(3): 240-259.

Pathak, S., Laplume, A.O., Oliveira, E. 2012. Inward foreign direct investment: Does it enable or constrain domestic technology entrepreneurship. Columbia FDI Perspectives, 84.