Journal of International Entrepreneurship

, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp 236–259 | Cite as

Entrepreneurship in post-socialist economies: A typology and institutional contexts for market entrepreneurship



There is growing recognition among post-socialist (PS) economies that free-market entrepreneurship is essential for ultimately improving their economic future. The promotion of market entrepreneurship, however, has been a challenging experience for these economies. This paper examines various forms of entrepreneurship in PS economies. Drawing upon the institutional theory, we also highlight the clear contexts and attendant mechanisms associated with institutions–entrepreneurship nexus in PS economies’ contexts.


Post-socialist economies Institutions Political entrepreneurship Unproductive and destructive entrepreneurship Legitimacy Deinstitutionalization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Bryan School of Business and EconomicsThe University of North Carolina at GreensboroGreensboroUSA

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