This three-volume collection focuses upon several major themes relating to the entrepreneur, the organization and the environment for entrepreneurship. It includes articles that focus upon opportunity recognition and exploitation, creativity, risk and uncertainty, ability based on skills, competencies and knowledge, market adjustment, innovation and the ability to make calculated judgements. It makes an important distinction between the motivations, characteristics, roles and contributions of different types of entrepreneurs. The articles are organized into 14 sections, namely: entrepreneurship theory; methodological issues; entrepreneurial opportunity recognition and information search; finance for entrepreneurs; entrepreneurial careers; types of entrepreneurs; environments for venture creation and development; venture growth and performance; organization closure, internationalization; corporate venturing; family firms; technology-based firms; and franchising. This comprehensive three volume set should be valuable reading for policymaking practitioners, academics and students of entrepreneurship.
Volume 1: Part 1 Entrepreneurship theory: what are we talking about when we talk about entrepreneurship?; differentiating entrepreneurs from small business owners - a conceptualization?; entrepreneurship and paths to business ownership; the entrepreneurial personality - a person at the crossroads; strategic management's potential contributions to a theory of entrepreneurship; theorizing about entrepreneurship; sociology and entrepreneurship - concepts and contributions; a prospectus on the anthropology of entrepreneurship; clarifying the entrepreneurial orientation construct and linking it to performance; using cognitive theory to explain entrepreneurial risk-taking -challenging conventional wisdom; entrepreneurship and professional management - a fatal distinction; a conceptual model of entrepreneurship as firm behaviour; entrepreneurship - productive, unproductive and destructive; elitists, risk-takers and rugged individualists? an exploratory analysis of cultural differences between entrepreneurs and non-entrepreneurs. Part 2 Methodological issues: who is an entrepreneur?; measuring entrepreneurship over time; firm-level entrepreneurship and field research - the studies in their methodological context. Part 3 Entrepreneurial opportunity recognition and information search: entrepreneurial information search; constellations of firms and new ventures; networking and growth of young technology-intensive ventures in China. Part 4 Finance for entrepreneurs: commercial bank financing of white- and black-owned small business start-ups; procedural justice in entrepreneur-investor relations; a prisoner's dilemma approach to entrepreneur-venture capitalist relationships; the CEO, venture capitalists and the board; new venture teams' assessment of learning assistance from venture capital firms; venture capitalists and serial entrepreneurs; angels and non-angels - are there differences?; after the crash arrives - a comparative study of venture capital and private investor involvement in entrepreneurial firms. Volume 2: Part 1 entrepreneurial careers: toward a theory of entrepreneurial careers; modelling entrepreneurial career progressions - concepts and considerations; strategic windows in the entrepreneurial process; exit, stage left - why entrepreneurs end their entrepreneurial careers before retirement; determinants of willingness and opportunity to start as an entrepreneur. Part 2 Types of entrepreneurs: who starts new firms? preliminary explorations of firms-in-gestation; exploring start-up event sequences; a comparison of assistance needs of male and female pre-venture entrepreneurs; the development and interpretation of entrepreneurial typologies; novice, portfolio and serial founders - are they different?. Part 3 Environments for venture creation and development: small firms' seedbed role and the concept of turbulence; new firms, small firms and dead firms - spatial patterns and determinants in the United Kingdom; environments for entrepreneurship
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