Alphabetized list of theories about entrepreneurship:

  1. Achievement motivation theory
  2. Actualization theory
  3. Agency theory
  4. Agglomeration theory
  5. Alertness theory
  6. Ambiguity tolerance theory
  7. Attribution theory 
  8. Baumol's theory
  9. Bicultural theory 
  10. Birth order theory
  11. Born global startups 
  12. Brain parasite theory
  13. Bricolage theory
  14. Cantillon theory
  15. Cognitive evaluation theory
  16. Contingency theory
  17. Creative destruction theory
  18. Cultural theory
  19. Diffusion of innovations theory
  20. Dynamic capabilities  
  21. Disagreeableness theory
  22. Disruptive innovation theory
  23. Effectuation theory
  24. Embeddedness theory 
  25. Emancipation theory
  26. Expectancy theory
  27. Experiential learning 
  28. First mover theory
  29. Genetic theory
  30. Great man theory 
  31. Harvard school theory
  32. Hybrid entrepreneurship
  33. Hubris theory 
  34. Human capital theory
  35. Hoselitz theory 
  36. Impulsivity theory
  37. Individual ambidexterity 
  38. Individual-opportunity nexus
  39. Informal entrepreneurship
  40. Information asymmetry theory 
  41. Information processing theory
  42. Institutional theory
  43. Jack of all trades theory
  44. Knowledge spillover theory
  45. Lean Launchpad theory 
  46. Life-cycle theory
  47. Liquidity theory
  48. Locus of control theory
  49. Machiavellian theory
  50. McLuhan theory
  51. Mental disorders 
  52. Misfit theory
  53. Necessity versus opportunity
  54. Niche theory
  55. Passion theory
  56. Pecking order theory
  57. Planned behavior theory
  58. Population ecology
  59. Procedural justice theory
  60. Prospect theory
  61. Radical subjectivism
  62. Real options theory
  63. Regulatory focus theory
  64. Religious theory
  65. Resilience theory 
  66. Resource based theory
  67. Resource dependency theory
  68. Resource scarcity theory
  69. Risk compensation theory
  70. Self-competition theory
  71. Self-efficacy theory
  72. Signaling theory
  73. Social capital theory
  74. Social entrepreneurship theory
  75. Social identity theory
  76. Social network theory 
  77. Spinout theory
  78. Stages theory
  79. Stakeholder theory
  80. Stewardship theory
  81. Strategic disagreements theory
  82. Transaction cost theory
  83. Uncertainty-bearing theory
  84. Upper echelons theory
  85. Utility theory
  86. Weak ties theory
  87. Withdrawal of status respect theory
  88. X-efficiency theory


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.
John Cortes 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.