Entrepreneurship in the Future: A Delphi Study of ETP and JBV Editorial Board Members

Marco van Gelderen, Johan Wiklund, Jeffery S. McMullen

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What will entrepreneurship look like in 2030? We conducted a Delphi panel study asking this question of editors and Editorial Review Board members of the two leading entrepreneurship journals, Journal of Business Venturing and Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice in an attempt to lift the eyes of the field to the horizon, outside academe, if only briefly. Using thematic coding analysis, we identified close to 1000 first-order codes from the 175 scholars surveyed, which we categorized into 24 distinct themes. From this input in the first round, we generated 93 predictions, which were assessed by the panel in terms of likelihood in a second round. It is our hope that these themes and predictions might serve to inspire our present research, teaching, and entrepreneurial endeavors, and spur debate and discussions among (future) entrepreneurship scholars of future-relevant phenomena that can potentially be studied under the rubric of entrepreneurship.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1239-1275
Number of pages37
JournalEntrepreneurship: Theory and Practice
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2021


  • Delphi
  • future
  • research agenda

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Economics and Econometrics


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