Although the practice of entrepreneurship has a long history that goes back several centuries, systematic inquiry into entrepreneurial phenomena is of much recent vintage. Over the past five decades, entrepreneurship has become a well-established academic discipline with a rich and rigorous body of knowledge. As entrepreneurship research matures, it is useful to recognize the foundational articles that have been instrumental in the development of the field. To gauge the collective wisdom about foundational articles in entrepreneurship research, we invited researchers from around the world to write insightful retrospectives about the article(s) published before 2000 that they considered most impactful in the field. This introductory chapter provides an overview of our efforts to identify and discuss the articles that constitute the foundation of entrepreneurship research.
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