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Salvi, Esther ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6949-6583; Belz, Frank-Martin and Bacq, Sophie ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1336-2727 (2022): Informal Entrepreneurship: An Integrative Review and Future Research Agenda. In: Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Vol. 47, No. 2: pp. 265-303 [PDF, 2MB]


Informal entrepreneurship (IE) has received increased recognition because of its theoreticaldistinctiveness and practical relevance. However, the burgeoning literature on IE is difficult tonavigate, due to its rapid growth across different disciplines. Through an integrative review, weintroduce a novel typology of informal entrepreneurs that captures their heterogeneity acrossvarious contexts. We point out a dynamic perspective of IE, consisting of three pathways—thereactive formalizing, theproactive formalizing, and theinformalizing pathways—along which informalentrepreneurs move, acquiring or foregoing regulative legitimacy. Our review extends the theoryon IE, outlines promising research avenues, and suggests relevant practical implications.

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