Entrepreneurship in healthcare

past contributions and future opportunities

Massimo Garbuio*, Ralf Wilden

*Corresponding author for this work

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Entrepreneurship in the healthcare sector has received increased attention over the last two decades, both in terms of scholarly research and number of innovative enterprises. In this chapter, we report the findings of a systematic review of studies of entrepreneurs in the healthcare sector. Whereas original studies were focused on nurse and physician entrepreneurs, newer works in the area are concerned with issues related to the management of new business models and technologies of new enterprises. These topics open up avenues for nurturing entrepreneurship in this sector through both education and policy. Building on this trend, we propose a multi-level framework (micro, meso, and macro) and specify which cross-disciplinary efforts are needed to advance understanding of how healthcare professionals and entrepreneurs discover opportunities and start viable and innovative businesses.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHealthcare entrepreneurship
EditorsRalf Wilden, Massimo Garbuio, Federica Angeli, Daniele Mascia
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis Group
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9781315157993
ISBN (Print)9781138068407
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameRoutledge studies in health management

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