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3rd Edition

Talent, Temperament and Opportunity

ISBN 9780415631884
Published May 10, 2013 by Routledge
368 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

If you have an interest in things entrepreneurial and wonder if you have what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur, then this book is written for you. Authors Bill Bolton and John Thompson offer a unique focus, seeing everything through the eyes of the entrepreneur.

This refreshed third edition is split into two fascinating parts. Part I builds an understanding of the entrepreneur as a person based on the key factors of talent and temperament - a unique framework for understanding and exploiting entrepreneurial opportunities. The process of starting and growing a business and the infrastructure and environment in which the entrepreneur has to operate, are described in detail. Part II tells the stories of famous entrepreneurs including classic figures such as Henry Ford, through to social entrepreneurs and even anti-social entrepreneurs such as Al Capone!

This insightful, empirically based, original take on the entrepreneur, and thereby entrepreneurship, provides students with a new and challenging way into the subject.

Table of Contents

Introduction  Part I: The Entrepreneur: Person, Process and Context  1. The Entrepreneur: As a Person  2. The Entrepreneur: FACETS  3. The Entrepreneur: In Action  4. Entrepreneurs and Strategy  5. The Enterprise Process  6. Infrastructure and Environment  7. The Entrepreneur's World  Part II: Stories of Entrepreneurs and Entrepreneurs in Action  8. Classic Entrepreneurs  9. Business Entrepreneurs  10. Social Entrepreneurs  11. Culture Entrepreneurs  12. Entrepreneurs in the Shadows

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Bill Bolton is an international consultant in enterprise development and entrepreneurship. He has held a personal UNITWIN (UNESCO) Chair in Innovation and Technology Transfer. He was the Founding Director of the St John’s Innovation Centre in Cambridge and taught engineering at Cambridge University. Bill spent half his career in business and industry and half in academia. His other publications include: The University Handbook on Enterprise Development (1997) and jointly with John Thompson, The Entrepreneurs in Focus: Achieve Your Potential (2003).

John Thompson is Emeritus Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Huddersfield, UK and, part-time, Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at Anglia Ruskin University, UK. He has also held visiting appointments in Australia, Finland and New Zealand. John has published a number of titles, including the seventh edition of his textbook Strategic Management: Awareness and Change which is soon to be published and he has written a number of journal articles, especially on social entrepreneurship

Both Bill and John have been involved in business start-ups in many countries over a number of years and they have interviewed a diverse range of entrepreneurs.


'This is a comprehensive and well researched treatment of the defining characteristics of the entrepreneur.  Packed with real life stories of all types of entrepreneurs, it is an essential read for all those involved in nurturing entrepreneurial talent and supporting the new high potential businesses that are so critical for our future economic growth and prosperity.'

Dr. Pat Frain, Founding Director of NovaUCD, University College Dublin, Ireland

'This text creates and updates a vital link between the authors' earlier seminal works. It provides students with a critical framework for self-evaluation and comparison, clarifies the terminology and key issues, and links the important areas of advantage, opportunity and strategy.'

Mr. Barry Whitehouse, Senior Lecturer, Department of Marketing and Enterprise, University of Wolverhampton, UK

Praise for the previous edition:

'A consistent, comprehensive, well-researched book that is unique and original in its contribution to creating a thriving world of enterprise.'

Dr. Donald Clifton, late Chairman of Gallup International Research and Education Centre and a past Chairman of the Gallup Organization