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Routledge Handbook of Entrepreneurship in Developing Economies

ISBN 9781138849143
Published August 7, 2016 by Routledge
576 Pages 53 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of Entrepreneurship in Developing Economies is a landmark volume that offers a uniquely comprehensive overview of entrepreneurship in developing countries. Addressing the multi-faceted nature of entrepreneurship, chapters explore a vast range of subject areas including education, economic policy, gender and the prevalence and nature of informal sector entrepreneurship.

In order to understand the process of new venture creation in developing economies, what it means to be engaged in entrepreneurship in a developing world context must be addressed. This handbook does so by exploring the difficulties, risks and rewards associated with being an entrepreneur, and evaluates the impacts of the environment, relationships, performance and policy dynamics on small and entrepreneurial firms in developing economies.

The handbook brings together a unique collection of over forty international researchers who are all actively engaged in studying entrepreneurship in a developing world context. The chapters offer concise but detailed perspectives and explanations on key aspects of the subject across a diverse array of developing economies, spanning Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe. In doing so, the chapters highlight the heterogeneity of entrepreneurship in developed economies, and contribute to the on-going policy discourses for managing and promoting entrepreneurial growth in the developing world.

The book will be of great interest to scholars, students and policymakers in the areas of development economics, business and management, public policy and development studies.

Table of Contents



  1. Introduction and overview – Colin C Williams and Anjula Gurtoo
  2. Part I Institutional environment of entrepreneurship

  3. The institutional environment of entrepreneurship in developing countries: an introductory overview – Colin C Williams and Anjula Gurtoo
  4. Entrepreneurship, development and economic policy in Haiti – Andres Marroquín
  5. Entrepreneurship and SME development in a least developed country: lessons from Laos – B B Bhasin, Sivakumar Venkataramany, Lee Keng Ng
  6. Mapping entrepreneurial activities and entrepreneurial attitudes in Turkey – Esra Karadeniz and Özlem Özdemir
  7. Regulative environment and entrepreneurial activity: insights from Sub-Saharan Africa - EldredeKahiya and Rebecca Kennedy
  8. Nascent enterprises and growth aspirations in a post-conflict environment: The role of social capital – Anna Rebmann, Adnan Efendic, Tomasz Mickiewicz
  9. Planning as a means to innovation in small and medium entrepreneurial firms in India –Neharika Vohra, Safal Batra
  10. The failure of government policies to drive entrepreneurial performance in Croatia – Will Bartlett
  11. Economic aspects of entrepreneurship: the case of Peru – Matthew Bird
  12. Developing an entrepreneurship climate in Indonesia: A case study of batik as a cultural heritage – Vanessa
  13. Part II Entrepreneurs’ Motivations

  14. Motivations and determinants of entrepreneurship in developing countries: an introductory overview – Colin C Williams and Anjula Gurtoo
  15. Necessity versus opportunity-driven entrepreneurs in Vietnam – Jürgen Brünjes and Javier Revilla Diez
  16. Being an entrepreneur of the Vicenarian and Tricenarian generation: the case of Turkish entrepreneurs, 2006-2012 –Esra Karadeniz and Ahmet Ozcam
  17. Factors influencing the success of enterprises: the case of Laos – SutanaBoonlua
  18. Social entrepreneurship and the nonprofit sector in developing countries – Michelle J. Stecker, Tonia L. Warnecke, and Carol M. Bresnahan
  19. Social types of small-scale entrepreneurship in Bulgaria – Tanya Chavdarova
  20. Social Entrepreneurship, International Development, and the Environment – Tonia L. Warnecke
  21. Social entrepreneurship and fashion innovation in Brazil: A case study of Crafty Women (MulheresArteiras) and RedeAsta -Vanessa Ratten, Joao Ferreira, Cristina Fernandes
  22. Part III Gender and entrepreneurship

  23. Gender and entrepreneurship in developing countries: an introductory overview – Colin C Williams and AnjulaGurtoo
  24. Barriers to women’s entrepreneurship:evidence from Indonesia – TulusTambunan
  25. Social Entrepreneurship, Social Change, and Gender Roles in Azerbaijan – MehrangizNajafizadeh
  26. Women Entrepreneurs in the Informal Economy: Is formalisation the only solution for business sustainability?– ShyamaRamani, Ajay Thutupalli, Tamas Medovarszki, Sutapa Chattopadhyay, and Veena Ravichandran
  27. The dynamics of women’s entrepreneurship in Iran – Leyla Sarfaraz and Nezameddin Faghih
  28. Part IV Informal sector entrepreneurship

  29. Informal entrepreneurship in developing countries: an introductory overview – Colin C Williams and AnjulaGurtoo
  30. Entrepreneurship at the base of the pyramid: the case of Nicaragua – Michael J. Pisani
  31. Determinants of informal sector employment in Sri Lanka: Evidence from a recently conducted special survey – ChandaniWijebandara and N. S. Cooray
  32. Understanding informal entrepreneurship in Sub Saharan Africa and its implications for economic development: the Ghanaian experience – Kwame Adom
  33. Cross-sectoral characteristics of informal sector micro-enterprises in Pakistan – Muhammad ShehryarShahid, Halima Shehryar and MinhaAkberAllibhoy
  34. Characteristics and structures of informal entrepreneurship in Botswana – Vanessa Ratten, Léo-Paul Dana 
  35. The influence of credit and formalization on growth of SMEs in Tanzania – Joseph A. Kuzilwa and Ganka D. Nyamsogoro
  36. Part V Entrepreneurship education and learning

  37. Entrepreneurship education in developing countries: an introductory overview – Colin C Williams and AnjulaGurtoo
  38. Capacity building for entrepreneurship education and research in the conflict zone of Peshwar– Lorraine Warren
  39. Entrepreneurship education in Cameroon matters: reorganising the teaching of the subject – Alan A Ndedi
  40. An evaluation of the impact of entrepreneurship education on the entrepreneurship intentions in the Albanian late transition context – Elvisa Drishti, Drita Kruja and Mario Curcija
  41. Organizational learning in Indian family firms: a social network based approach for entrepreneurship – Nobin Thomas, Neharika Vohra 
  42. Part VI Policy implications and synthesis

  43. Policy efforts to foster innovative SMEs in South Korea: Lessons for developing countries
  44. Addressing entrepreneurial heterogeneity in developing countries: designing policies for economic growth and inclusive development – Micheline Goedhuys and Elisa Calza
  45. Harnessing entrepreneurship in developing countries: a lived practices approach – Colin C Williams and Anjula Gurtoo

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Colin C. Williams is Professor of Public Policy and Associate Dean (Research) at Sheffield University Management School (SUMS) at the University of Sheffield in the UK.

Anjula Gurtoo is Associate Professor at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India.