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. 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 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!