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