Entrepreneurship research has tended to focus on individual entrepreneurs and businesses. Much less is known about how industry- and society-level factors—such as institutions, policies and cultures—can affect an entrepreneur’s success or failure. As Canada Research Chair in Institutions and Strategic Entrepreneurship, Dr. Alexandre Bitektine is exploring these aspects of entrepreneurship that tend to go unexamined.
He and his research team are looking at the foundations of creativity and innovation in organizations and studying the strategies that entrepreneurs use to influence their audiences’ social judgments. They are also researching the institutional constraints and enablers of entrepreneurial activity and exploring how institutions influence strategic decision-making. Their research will enable governments and other stakeholders to make more informed decisions about how best to encourage entrepreneurship.