2nd Edition

Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Regional Development An Introduction

By Jay Mitra Copyright 2020
    518 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    518 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The fields of entrepreneurship, innovation and regional development are inextricably linked, with people, organisations and the environment or their location, forming the main building blocks in an integrated model of value creation. This second edition of a key textbook draws on the diversity of approaches in these areas to produce a unified understanding of this important subject and its sub-sets.

    The author connects theory and practice using references to academic studies as well as industry sources. The importance of technology is highlighted throughout to demonstrate the value of new technology-based ventures and the role of technology for innovation in both organisational and spatial contexts. The economic and social contexts of entrepreneurship are covered in dedicated chapters offering an appreciation of multiple perspectives on key themes of growth and development.

    Drawing on insights and concepts from a wide range of disciplines such as business, sociology, economics, geography and management, this unique textbook introduces entrepreneurship to students from different backgrounds and varied interests. With a range of new case studies and coverage of emerging themes such as smart cities, ecosystems, female entrepreneurship and social and human capital, this book provides an expert exposition of the elaborate empire of entrepreneurship.

    1. Introduction

    2. Entrepreneurial Opportunity: Conditions and Circumstances for Innovation and New Firm Creation

    3. Entrepreneurship Theories: The Economic Arguments

    4. The Social Dimensions of Entrepreneurship

    5. The Entrepreneurial Organization

    6. The Entrepreneurial Environment: Context, Institutions, Constraints and Framework Conditions

    7. Entrepreneurship and Learning

    8. Entrepreneurship, Internationalization and Globalization: Learning, Innovation and Development in the International Context

    9. Higher Education, Universities and Entrepreneurship

    10. Entrepreneurship Policy: Its Emergence, Scope and Value

    11. Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Economic Development


    Jay Mitra is Professor of Business Enterprise and Innovation at the University of Essex, UK. He is also a Visiting Professor at Universität Lüneburg, Germany and the Dangote Business School, Bavero University, Nigeria. He also leads the International Entrepreneurship Forum (IEF).

    "The second edition of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Regional Development confirms Jay Mitra’s position as a lucid explorer of the intersection between entrepreneurship and innovation. The ability to tease out the diverse regional consequences of this intersection, by drawing upon a wide range of countries, makes the book truly special."Professor David Storey, OBE, Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Sussex, UK

    "Jay Mitra knows his field remarkably and proves mastery in developing and dynamically articulating the carefully chosen dimensions and points of interest. The contents of the beautiful book are vivid, very accessible, and will greatly help the construction of a documented, original and critical knowledge about entrepreneurship." Professor Marcus Dejardin, Professor of Economics at the University of Namur, Belgium and Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium; and Director of the Chair of Excellence for Research and Expertise in Entrepreneurship

    "Jay Mitra presents an excellent and extremely well elaborated book that offers a fantastic synthesis of theory and evidence, enriched with several insightful case studies. Students will benefit from the synoptic exposition of key concepts, whilst scholars will find new insights suggestive of further research. Jay Mitra does a masterful job in presenting a global and comprehensive view on one of the most important regional phenomena in our world: entrepreneurship." Dr Silke Tegtmeier, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Southern Denmark, Denmark; and President of the European Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship

    "Mitra explores key ingredients of entrepreneurship and innovation for value creation – from an individual’s motivation to the ecosystem, from opportunity development to networks, from harnessing technological change to addressing social problems through collective action. It is an extraordinary journey across economic, social and cultural contexts, providing breadth and depth for scholars and students interested in value pluralism." – Professor Ursula Weisenfeld, Professor of Innovation Management at Luneberg University, Germany

    "Jay’s multidisciplinary understanding of the subject is evident through the depth and analysis carried out and by the way complex propositions and theories are lucidly explained to the reader, with learning outcomes presented at the beginning and research and self-assessment questions at the end of each chapter. This book would be an invaluable resource to students, researchers, policy makers and reflective practitioners working in the areas of entrepreneurship and innovation." – Professor Santanu Roy, CMILT Professor, Chair and Master of Business Administration at the Institute of Technology in Dubai, UAE

    "Addressing a variety of audiences, Mitra succeeds to capture the embeddedness of entrepreneurship and innovation in their regional environment and their role in the creation of economic as well as social value. Definitely a ‘must read’ for anyone interested in entrepreneurship and innovation, graduate students, academics and policy makers alike." – Professor Sibylle Heilbrunn, Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Humanities at Kinneret Academic College, Israel

    "A multidimensional entrepreneurship power-bank, offering a highly spirited entrepreneurship ‘ideology’ and new directions that permit a near perfect mix of technology, learning and networks to generate social change beyond what conventional growth models could provide. In particular, this book demystifies Africa’s (and emerging or developing economies’) transition to the world of opportunities, especially as its thesis settles in the mind of its change agents. It is carefully conceived to evaluate opportunity realization in different contexts with such clarity and vigor that it intensifies debates and guides policy change." – Professor Murtala S. Sagagi, Dean of Dangote Business School at Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria

    "By looking at entrepreneurship as activism, Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Regional Development is a clear call for collective action to solve social and environmental problems through market mechanisms. Reading this book gives you the assurance that each new entrepreneur brings the possibility of a better world." – Professor Vanina Farber, Elea Professor for Social Innovation at IMD Business School, Switzerland