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Strome Professor Publishes Article Mapping Out the Field of Transitional Entrepreneurship

Robert Pidduck, assistant professor of entrepreneurship and director of the Hudgins Transitional Entrepreneurship Lab in ODU's Strome College of Business, recently published an article on transitional entrepreneurship (TE) in the Journal of Small Business Management.

The article is an introduction to a thematic issue on transitional entrepreneurs that Pidduck and co-author Daniel Clark are editing that will be published by the Journal of Small Business Management later this year. The article also serves as a standalone piece, intended to become a "go-to" resource for future research in this field.

A recent ODU news article describes transitional entrepreneurship as "entrepreneurs who launch ventures to accomplish significant life or career transitions."

Pidduck and Clark, a professor at the Ivey Business School at Western University in Canada, formalize this by defining TE as "how, why and when entrepreneurial actors from a given marginalized group may discover, enact, evaluate or exploit opportunities because or in light of their position/s of adversity."

The authors wrote about the experiences of marginalized groups and entrepreneurship united under the umbrella of TE to introduce the domain and its conceptual boundaries, distinguishing it from related fields such as social or institutional entrepreneurship.

"It is our hope that this is the beginning of a conversation about transitional entrepreneurship, where researchers specifically design projects across marginalized groups or, alternatively, consider cross-group learning in their research," Pidduck and Clark wrote. "Marginalized communities face similar challenges, and by leveraging collective and higher-order learning, entrepreneurship can more adeptly achieve its potential for social change."

An abstract and link to "Transitional entrepreneurship: Elevating research into marginalized entrepreneurs," can be found here.



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