First published in 1997, the authors of the present volume provide brand new insights and empirical findings in the field of entrepreneurship and small business research. The writers have highlighted three different key themes: entrepreneurship; start-ups and growth and internationalisation. The priority of most countries is growth, competitiveness and employment. In this context, the relevance of promoting the creation of new enterprises and understanding the very nature and development of newly created and existing SMEs is becoming more important today. The role of entrepreneurship and SMEs for economic and social development, welfare and well-being is going to be emphasised more than ever before. The same holds for research in these fascinating fields. This book gives an idea of the state of the art for the time being with its increasing conceptual, methodological and empirical complexity and diversity.
Part I. Entrepreneurs and Entrepreneurship. 1. Are Types of Business Owner-Managers Universal? A Cross Country Study of the UK, New Zealand and Finland. Elizabeth Chell, Nina Hedberg-Jalonen and Asko Miettinen. 2. How to Survive as the Small fish in the Pond: The Case of Danish Independent Lables. Per Darmer and Per V. Freytag. 3. Personal Values and Identity Structures of Entrepreneurs: A Comparative Study of Malay and Chinese Entrepreneurs in Malaysia. Habrizah Hussin. 4. Telling Stories of Entrepreneurial Studies. Chris Steyaert and René Bouwen. Part II. Start-Ups. 5. A Typology of Angels: A Better Way of Examining the Informal Investment Phenomena. Patrick Coveney and Karl Moore. 6. Sector-Related Opportunities and Threats for Small Business Starters in the Ukraine. Nina Isakova. 7. Growth Intentions and Expansion Plans of New Entrepreneurs in the Former Soviet Bloc. David Pistrui, Harold P. Welsch and Joseph Roberts. 8. Portfolio Entrepreneurs: Some Empirical Evidence on the Multiple Ownership or Control of SMEs, and its Implication for our Understanding of Start-Up and Growth Control of SMEs, and its Implication for our Understanding of Start-Up and Growth. Peter J. Rosa and Michael G. Scott. 9. The Urban-Rural Dimension of New Firm Formation. Olav R. Spilling. Part III. Growth and Internationalisation. 10. Entrepreneurial Behaviour in the International Development of Small Firms. Francesco Bifulco. 11. The Impact of Size, Industry, and Nation on Internationalisation in Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises. Håkan Boter and Carin Holmquist. 12. The Internationalisation Process of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises: An Evaluation of the Stage Theory. Harold G.J. Gankema, Henoch R. Snuif and Koos A. van Dijken. 13. Measuring Growth: Methodological Considerations and Empirical Results. Frédéric Delmar. 14. Information Use as Counter-Proof for the Stochastic Growth Theories. Nadine Lybaert.
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