The Luther H. Hodges Jr. and Luther H. Hodges Sr. Series on Business, Entrepreneurship, and Public Policy seeks to publish the work of economists, geographers, political scientists, public policy scholars, historians, sociologists, and others who are investigating the economic, political, societal, and geographic contexts and conditions that foster entrepreneurship, innovation, and economic development in the United States and around the world.
As place-based inquiry has gained currency in the social sciences and humanities, scholarship in the areas of business, entrepreneurship, and public policy increasingly includes analysis of cultural and spatial issues. Such work challenges analyses that privilege globalization and argues that place and human attachment to place—which serve such a critical role in defining the human experience and the realization of human potential—influence the expression of creativity and innovation in all sorts of enterprises. Industries are often associated with places, for example, the movie industry with Hollywood, the auto industry with Detroit, computers with Silicon Valley, and biotechnology with Boston and the Research Triangle Park. The development of industries and the fate of communities are intrinsically linked in ways that require an understanding of history as well as the cultures and actions of individuals.
This series, then, seeks work that places more traditional studies of innovators and industries in deeper context. Such scholarship will help assess the extent to which economic growth is locally grounded, involving an ecosystem of firms, workers, governments and non-governmental organizations, educational institutions, trade associations, and others, often aligned along a common focus. The series also welcomes new work that contributes to understanding and teaching the philosophy and practice of entrepreneurship, whether in the for-profit or non-profit sector. We particularly seek work that brings ideas of entrepreneurship to bear in the larger society.
Maryann P. Feldman, S. K. Heninger Distinguished Professor of Public Policy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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