Entrepreneurship has always been a key factor in economic growth, innovation, and the development of firms and businesses. More recently, new technologies, the waning of the 'old economy', globalization, changing cultures and popular attitudes, and new policy stances have further highlighted the importance of entrepreneurship and enterprise.
Entrepreneurship is now a dynamic and expanding area of research, teaching, and debate, but there has been no standard reference work which is suitable for both established scholars and new researchers. This book fills that gap. All the major aspects of entrepreneurship are covered, including:
* the start-up and growth of firms,
* financing and venture capital,
* innovation, technology and marketing,
* women entrepreneurs,
* ethnic entrepreneurs,
* small firm policy,
* the economic and social history of entrepreneurship.
This is a comprehensive review of state-of-the-art research in entrepreneurship, written by an international team of leading scholars, and will be an essential reference for academics and policy makers, as well as being suitable for use on masters courses and doctoral programmes.
Mark Casson is Professor of Economics at the University of Reading. His publications include The Entrepreneur
(1982; new edition, 2002), Entrepreneurship and Business Culture
(1995) and Enterprise and Leadership
(2000). He has contributed articles on entrepreneurship to the New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics
, the International Encyclopaedia of Social Science
, the Fortune Dictionary of Economics
and the Oxford Encyclopaedia of Economic History
. His most recent work focuses on links between entrepreneurship and theories of the firm. Bernard Yeung is Abraham Krasnoff Professor of Global Business, Economics and Strategy, Stern School of Business, New York University. He was Vice-President of the Academy of International Business, 2000-2002. He has published widely at the interface of economics, finance and strategy, with special reference to SME performance, family business, corporate finance, capital market functionality, and foreign direct investment. He edited Small and Medium Sized Enterprises in the Global Economy
(1999) with Zoltan Acs. Anuradha Basu is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Director, Silicon Valley Center for Entrepreneurship, Lucas Graduate School of Business, San Jose State University, California, and formerly Visiting Scholar, Center for Research on Economic Development and Policy Reform, Stanford University (2002-3). She has published widely on Asian business, and on ethnic minority businesses in the UK. She was a member of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office UK India Consultative Group (2001-2). Nigel Wadeson is lecturer in Economics at the University of Reading. He has published on decision making, the firm, and entrepreneurship in a range of books and journals. He teaches entrepreneurship and small business economics at masters level. He spent several years working in entrepreneurial ventures in the IT industry and has also acted as a consultant involved in high-level government policy work.