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Perspectives and Cases

Paul Westhead, Gerard McElwee, Mike Wright

Jun 2011, Paperback, 480 pages
ISBN13: 9780273726135
ISBN10: 0273726137
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Entrepreneurship is a hot topic, yet there is no agreed definition of entrepreneurship. There is even debate about whether entrepreneurship can be taught!

This text and case study collection is designed to stimulate critical thinking and reflective learning relating to entrepreneurship. This book enables you to focus on the key issues that need to be considered with regard to new ventures and/or a business plan module, as well as courses on theory and policy relating to entrepreneurship and small businesses.

Chapter 1 Introduction: Context Issues and Case Study Selection

Chapter 2 Contributions of Entrepreneurial Firms

Chapter 3 Theoretical Insights: Economic Approaches

Chapter 4 Theoretical Insights: Sociological and Psychological Approaches

Chapter 5 ‘Types’ of Entrepreneurs I: Habitual Entrepreneurs

Chapter 6 ‘Types’ of Entrepreneurs II: High Technology and Academic Entrepreneurs

Chapter 7 ‘Types’ of Organizations I: Family Firms

Chapter 8 ‘Types’ of Organizations II: Corporate Entrepreneurship

Chapter 9 ‘Types’ of Organizations III: Management Buy-Outs

Chapter 10 ‘Types’ of Organizations IV: Social Entrepreneurship

Chapter 11 External Environmental Context for Enterprise

Chapter 12 Entrepreneurial Finance

Chapter 13 International Entrepreneurship

Chapter 14 Venture Development and Performance

Key features of the book include:

  • Reviews and syntheses of the literature at the frontiers of entrepreneurship research.
  • Twenty-five provocative and stimulating full-length case studies of real entrepreneurs and their ventures, clearly linked to learning outcomes.
  • Entrepreneurship in Action vignettes coming from a wide range of disciplines cover cases as diverse as Kylie and EasyJet and bring the theory and policy to life.
  • Discussion questions at the end of every chapter stimulate critical reflection and understanding.
  • Recommended further reading lists for assignments and dissertations.

Paul Westhead is Professor of Entrepreneurship and the Director for the Centre of Entrepreneurship at Durham Business School and visiting professor at the University of Nordland, Norway.

Mike Wright is Professor of Financial Studies at Nottingham University Business School and a visiting professor at EMLyon, University of Ghent, Erasmus University, Imperial College and Lancaster University. He is an editor of Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal and Chair Elect of the Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Division.

Gerard McElwee is Professor of Entrepreneurship at Nottingham Trent University and is the Editor of The International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation.