Entrepreneurial skill-building in rural ecosystems: A framework for applying the Readiness Inventory for Successful Entrepreneurship (RISE)

Thomas S. Lyons, John S. Lyons, G. Jason Jolley

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to argue that defining, measuring and developing skills are crucial to successful entrepreneurship and that being able to do so can help to build strong rural entrepreneurial ecosystems. Design/methodology/approach: The literature on entrepreneurship success and entrepreneurial skills is reviewed, and this knowledge is used to create and describe the Entrepreneurship Skill-building Framework (ESBF), which provides a scaffold for thinking about the identification, measurement and development of essential entrepreneurship skills. The same literature is used to develop a tool for effectuating the ESBF, called the Readiness Inventory for Successful Entrepreneurship (RISE), which assesses entrepreneurship skills using the communimetrics theory of measurement. Findings: Both the ESBF and the RISE are detailed, and they are applied to the successful development and maintenance of rural entrepreneurial ecosystems, with an example from practice. Specific implications for rural entrepreneurship-focused economic development are also discussed. Originality/value: The ESBF represents a new way of framing entrepreneurship skills and their development. The RISE is a skills assessment tool that is clinical, not predictive, utilizing an innovative theory of measurement. Together, they offer a fresh approach to thinking about the purpose and effective implementation of entrepreneurial ecosystems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)112-136
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 18 2020

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Keywords

  • Business development
  • Entrepreneurial skill-building
  • Entrepreneurial training
  • Rural ecosystem

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Urban Studies
  • Strategy and Management

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