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The Blackwell Handbook of Entrepreneurship. Blackwell Handbooks in Management

  • ID: 2329420
  • Book
  • December 1999
  • 496 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Entrepreneurship studies have suffered from misleading and inaccurate information in the past that makes it hard to separate the myths from realities. By identifying some crucial issues that need to be resolved, and by discussing what past analytical errors may have occurred, this book makes a significant contribution towards enhancing our overall understanding of the entrepreneurial process.

The Handbook of Entrepreneurship brings together the best researchers in the USA and Europe to review the most up–to–date thinking on the most crucial topics in entrepreneurship studies. It is the first book to combine the research activities of Europe and the United States, and reflects cutting–edge research with a multicultural perspective.
The 21 chapters in the Handbook have been written by 28 experts representing a entrepreneurial Who′s Who. The chapters are grouped into four major sections:

Public Policy, which examines the different contexts in which businesses operate around the world.
Growth which looks at the theoretical perspectives and issues of growth, the impact of entrepreneurial teams and strategic alliances, and the management of transition and rapid growth.
Finance which covers the broader issues of financing growth, formal and informal venture capital, and initial public offerings.
Strategy/Research Methods which provides an overview of current European and North American research methods and identifies further research needs.
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Part I: Setting the Stage for International Research in Entrepreneurship:.

1. Learning Together: National Differences in Entrepreneurship Research: Howard Aldrich.

2. Conceptual and Empirical Challenges in the Study of Firm Growth: Per Davidson and Johan Wiklund.

3. The Intersection of Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management Research: Michael Hitt and R. Duane.

4. Research Mimicking Policy: Entrepreneurship/Small Business Policy Research in the United States: William Dennis Jr.

Part II: Government Impacts on Entrepreneurship:.

5. SME Policy in Europe: Dennis De.

6. Entrepreneurship in Germany: David Audretsch.

7. Regulatory Policies and their Impact on SMEs in Europe: The Case of Administrative Burdens: Robert van der Horst, Andre Nijsen and Selcuk Gulhan.

8. The Climate for Entrepreneurship in European Countries in Transition: Josef Mugler.

9. Six Steps to Heaven: Evaluating the Impact of Public Policies to Support Small Businesses in Developed Economics: David Storey.

Part III: Financing Growth:.

10. Financing Growth: Recent Developments in the European Scene: Rik Donckels.

11. Informal Venture Capital and the Financing of Emergent Growth Businesses: Colin Mason and Richard Harrison.

12. Venture Capital and Growth: Sophie Manigart and Harry Sapienza.

13. Venture Capital Financing of Entrepreneurship: Theory, Empirical Evidence and a Research Agenda: Raphael Amit, James Brander and Christoph Zott.

Part IV: Achieving Growth: Internal and External Approaches:.

14. Entrepreneurial Teams and Venture Growth: Sue Birley and Simon Stockley.

15. Management Growth Transitions: Theoretical Perspectives and Research Directions: J.B. (Ben) Arbaugh and S. Michael Camp.

16. Growth of Technology–Based New Firms: Erkko Autio.

17. Entrepreneurship and High–Technology Clusters: Arnold Cooper and Timothy Folta.

18. Networking and Entrepreneurial Growth: Bengt Johannisson.

19. Strategic Alliances as Vehicles for International Growth: Mark Weaver.

20. An Entrepreneurial Slant to Franchise Research: Frank Hoy, John Stanworth and David Purdy.


21. Remaining Issues and Suggestions for Further Research.


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Donald Sexton
Hans Landstrom
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