How and why are firms created, expanded and terminated by entrepreneurs in the knowledge intensive economy? The authors show these entrepreneurship processes are firmly embedded in a given social and economic context, that shapes the process by which some individuals discover entrepreneurial opportunities, creating new firms that sometimes grow to remarkable size, but more often stay mundane or eventually exit.
The authors expertly provide a theoretical and empirical examination of new knowledge intensive firms over their whole life cycle using a unique set of matched employee-employer data containing over three million individuals and over 200,000 firms. With theoretical pillars anchored in industrial organization economics, evolutionary organization theory, and entrepreneurship research, this book presents a detailed investigation of the entrepreneurial processes of firm entry, growth, and their eventual demise.
This insightful book will prove to be invaluable for business policymakers as well as postgraduate students and researchers in management, economics, and entrepreneurship.
Frederic Delmar, Professor, EMLYON Business School, France and Research Institute of Industrial Economics, Sweden and Karl Wennberg, Stockholm School of Economics and Institute of Analytical Sociology, Linkoeping University, Sweden
Contents: Preface 1. The Role of Entrepreneurship and New Firm Dynamics for Economic Development 2. The Knowledge Intensive Sector: Theoretical Concerns, Research Design and Data 3. Birth of New Firms: The Geography Connection with Karin Hellerstedt 4. Firm Exit 5. De Novo and Spinout Start-ups: The Organization Connection 6. Firm Growth 7. Concluding Remarks References Index