Introduction to “Entrepreneurship and the Demography of Firms and Industries”, Special Issue Maria Callejón Two stylized facts that have emerged consistently In “Creative Destruction and Human Re- in the economics literature pose something of a sources: On the Embeddedness of Organizational puzzle to scholars. The first, which has received Processes of Strategy and Structure,” Dieter considerable attention at least since the seminal Boegenhold examines firm and industry dynamics study by Herbert Simon and Charles Bonini (1958) as being socially embedded and historically con- some four decades ago, is the persistence of an tingent. Gerke J. Hoogstra and Jourk van Dijk, in asymmetric firm-size distribution predominated “Explaining Firm Employment Growth: Does by small enterprises. Ijiri and Simon (1977, p. 2) Location Matter?” address the question to what characterize this “regularity in social phenomena extent the location of a firm can be regarded as that is both striking and observable in a number having an influence on firm performance. The firm of quite diverse situations. It is a regularity in the life cycle plays a central role in firm demo- size distribution of firms.” graphics. In “How Does the Probability of Process In fact, virtually no other economic phenom- Innovation Change
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