Entrepreneurship, the creation of new economic entities, is central to the structure and functioning of organizations and economies. New business formation also shapes the nature of social and economic stratification in an economy and may be an important vehicle for social mobility. The papers in this volume explore many of the issues that are central to the study of entrepreneurship today and also break new ground in the field. The papers explore the importance of entrepreneurship, the process by which entrepreneurship occurs, and the way both meaning and process vary with context and opportunity structures. These papers address long-standing controversies in the study of entrepreneurship, and they also identify new, innovative questions and approaches. As a result, both seasoned entrepreneurship researchers and those who are new to the field will find the papers interesting and useful.
My research is concentrated in two areas in economic sociology: the study of wealth inequality and the study of complex organizations, particularly in China. Both research agendas explore the emergence of social structure and the subsequent effect of social structure on the behaviors of actors. I conduct research in two diverse contexts and on two types of actors (people and corporations) in order to study how some of the same principles operate in diverse contexts. In addition, by focusing on subjects that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries, I am able to draw on a broader set of ideas in answering the questions and to ask new questions that move beyond traditional academic borders.