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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Perspectives in Entrepreneurship

A Critical Approach

ISBN 9780230241107
Publication Date December 2011
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

How should we think about entrepreneurship? Should we focus on the psychology of people who become entrepreneurs or consider the groups that people belong to? Should we emphasize the incentives, context and environment that lead people to become entrepreneurial? This book presents different ways of thinking about entrepreneurship: instead of topics such as finance or opportunities, the book focuses on perspectives or ways of seeing. Written by leading experts, Perspectives in Entrepreneurship examines the emergence and development of entrepreneurship as an academic discipline. The book takes a critical look at the varying positions in the field and their overall contribution to entrepreneurship as a whole.

Perspectives in Entrepreneurship is an essential text for upper level undergraduate and postgraduate students of entrepreneurship.

KEVIN MOLE Associate Professor in Enterprise at Warwick Business School, UK, having previously been Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (CSME). He has published in a number of journals including Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Business Venturing, British Journal of Management, Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, and the International Small Business Journal
MONDER RAM Professor of Small Business at De Montfort University, UK, and Director of the Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CREME). He has extensive experience of working in, researching, and acting as a consultant to ethnic minority businesses and has published widely on the subject. Monder is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and is a director of the Institute of Small Business Affairs. Monder is also a member of the Department of Trade and Industry's Ethnic Minority Business Forum and Small Business Council. 

The Rational Choice Approach to Entrepreneurship; K. Mole & S. Roper
The Pyschology of the Entrepreneursh; L. Kolvereid & E. Isaksen
Undertaking Interpretive Work in Entrepreneurship Research;D. Fletcher
Feminism, Gender and Entrepreneurship; S. Marlow
An Introduction to Network Approaches and Embeddedness; S. Drakopoulos Dodd
Entrepreneurship and Neo-Institutional Theory; P. Tracey
Evolution and Entrepreneurship; D. Breslin
Entrepreneurship in the Context of the Resource-Based View of the Firm; N. Foss
Critical Realism and Entrepreneurship; K. Mole
Critical Theories of Entrepreneurship; A Spicer
Pragmatism, Reality and Entrepreneurship: Entrepreneurial Action and Effectuation Perspectives; T. Watson.


Kevin Mole and Monder Ramconclude this wide-ranging volume by observing that this is a very positive time to study entrepreneurship. On the basis of the diverse approaches thoughtfully covered in this volume, this is a sentiment which will be echoed by future generations of student readers.' - David Storey, Professor of Enterprise, University of Sussex
'This book brings together a welcome but seldom offered exposure to, and critique of, different approaches to the study of entrepreneurship. It elucidates these approaches, and their merits and demerits, very effectively through well chosen studies across chapters. It is a valuable addition to the literature on entrepreneurship and should be read by any serious student in this field.' - Ken O'Neill, Professor Emeritus of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development, University of Ulster
'Conventional business education too often provides a single theoretical approach for examining complex business issues. As a result, students and even some faculty forget that theoretical models are man-made tools, not literal representations of reality. This book's collection of many different perspectives on entrepreneurship is a rare resource for helping students and other readers develop the capacity to frame this important business phenomenon from multiple points of view.' - Anne Colby, Consulting Professor, Stanford University; co-author of Rethinking Undergraduate Business Education
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