Starting a business successfully requires numerous skills and resources. The alarming rate of failures associated with new ventures suggests that potential entrepreneurs would welcome expert advice at the most vital stage in the life of any business.
The expert author team focus on those resources, skills, capabilities and learning required by any entrepreneur in the process of starting a new business. Specifically, this text aims to:
Introduce and explain those resources (including finance) that are essential to successful business creation
Identify the key skills and capabilities that are required by entrepreneurs
Highlight the ways in which new resources are combined with the entrepreneur's existing resource base to develop the business effectively
Explore the way entrepreneurs learn in the process of developing their business
Drawing on the most up-to-date and most relevant research, this concise textbook provides students and academics of entrepreneurship with a practical guide to acquiring the appropriate resources in order to start a new firm.
Oswald Jones is Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Liverpool, UK Allan Macpherson is Associate Professor of Management at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, US and Professor of Organisational Behaviour at De Montfort University, UK. Dilani Jayawarna is Senior Lecturer at the University of Liverpool, UK.
1. Introduction: Dynamic Entrepreneurial Learning Capabilities 2. The Changing Nature of Entrepreneurial Theory 3. Learning to be an Entrepreneur 4. Knowledge, Skills and Capabilities 5. Networks, Social Capital and Entrepreneurial Resources 6. Resourcing Start-Up Businesses 7. Enhancing Tangible Resources 8. Bootstrapping the Start-Up Business 9. Dynamic Capabilities in Entrepreneurial Ventures 10. Growing New Businesses 11. New Businesses and Economic Development 12. Conclusions: Creating Dynamic Learning Businesses