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​Seminar with Monika Bachinger focusing on 
Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

Prof. Monika Bachinger from the University of Applied Forest Sciences Rottenburg recently visited the Center for Advanced Studies to hold a seminar with the title: "Entrepreneurial Ecosytems: A Critique from (Ecological) System Perspective"

Entrepreneurial ecosystems currently represent a highly regarded approach to explaining highly dynamic entrepreneurship in regions. Under the heading "Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: A Critique from (Ecological) System Perspective", Monika Bachinger presented conceptual preliminary considerations on the question whether entrepeneurial ecosystems can actually be described as systems and which of their characteristics may justify the designation "ecosystems".

Based on some of Luhmann's main predictions of system theory, the first question could tend to be answered positively. Entrepreneurial ecosystems seem to represent a subsystem of the superordinate economic system, which is characterized not only by its own programs and codes, but also by its own function. The special thing about entrepreneurial ecosystems seems to be inventions, but also the founding scene, which reproduces itself with the help of itself.

Further investigations of these hypotheses are necessary. The second question, to what extent Entrepreneurial Ecosystem can be described as ecosystems, answered the speaker negatively. Ecosystems differ in essential character traits of social systems - in addition, in economic systems, the environment and nature are traditionally regarded as alien to the system: "Of course, against this background there is nothing to entrepreneurial ecosystems, eco,'' Bachinger told the audience. "The interesting question, however, is which possibilities exist for connecting them to biological systems". For this Bachinger presented some well-known approaches, but also new, competence- and system-based approaches, which the participants of the Center for Advanced Studies discussed intensively.

About Prof. Dr. Monika Bachinger
Dr. rer. pol. Business administration. Professor of Tourism at the University of Applied Forest Sciences Rottenburg. Research Focus: Sustainable Destination Management in Rural Areas, Product Development in Tourism, Service Design, Innovation in Small and Medium Enterprises, Female and Green Entrepreneurship.

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