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The Routledge Companion to Entrepreneurship

ISBN 9780415631761
Published September 24, 2014 by Routledge
524 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Research in entrepreneurship has been booming, with perspectives from a range of disciplines and numerous developing schools of thought. It can be difficult for young scholars and even long-time researchers to find their way through the lush garden of ideas we see before us.  

The purpose of this book is to map the research terrain of entrepreneurship, providing the perfect starting point for new and existing researchers looking to explore. Topics covered range from emerging perspective, through issues at the core of the field to innovative methodologies. Starting off with a preface by Bill Gartner, each section of the book brings together a world class set of established leading researchers and rising stars. 

This considered, comprehensive and conclusive companion integrates the recent debates in entrepreneurship research under one cover, to provide a resource which will be useful across disciplinary boundaries and for a whole range of students and researchers.

Table of Contents

Part I: Setting the Scene for the Companion of Entrepreneurship  1. Bridges to the Future: Challenging the Nature of Entrepreneurship Scholarship  Part II: the Discipline of Entrepreneurship Research  2. Entrepreneurship research and its Historical Background  3. Sketching a Philosophy of Entrepreneurship  4. Action and Process, Vision and Values: Entrepreneurship Means Something Different to Everyone  Part III: Reasons and Motivations for Entering Entrepreneurship  5. Passions and Entrepreneurs  6. The Eclipse and New Dawn of Individual Differences Research: Charting a Path Forward  7. Identity and Entrepreneurship  8. Thinking Different: Effectual Logic and Behaviour  9. Do it Again!: Recent Developments in the Study of Habitual Entrepreneurship and a Look to the Future  Part IV: Resources and Resourcefulness  10. Bricolage: Making do with what is at Hand  11. Entrepreneurial Families and Households  12. Microfinance Re-Imagined: Personal Banking for the Poor  13. Financing the Business  14. A Framework for Investigating University-Based Technology Transfer and Commercialization  Part V: Entrepreneurship, Wealth and Well-Being  15. The Ordinary Entrepreneur  16. Informal, Illegal and Criminal Entrepreneurship  17. Poverty, Reciprocity and Community-Based Entrepreneurship: Enlarging the Discussion  18. Capitalizing on Creativity: Insights on Creative Entrepreneurship  19. Entrepreneuring the Aesthetic: Arts Entrepreneurship and Reconciliation  20. Entrepreneurship Across Borders  21. Growing Entrepreneurial Economies: Entrepreneurship and Regional Development  Part VI: Entrepreneurial Opportunity: Equal and Unequal  22. Empowerment, Place and Entrepreneurship: Women in the Global South  23. Entrepreneurial Agency and Institutions  24. The Rhetoric of Power: Entrepreneurship and Politics  25. Entrepreneurship as Ethnic Minority Liberation  26. Entrepreneurial Opportunities in the Individual-Opportunity Nexus  Part VII:Toward Broader Understanding: The Methodological Future  27. Who Needs a Shrink when you have Businessweek?: Using Content Analysis to get inside the heads of Entrepreneurs, VCS and Other Market Participants  28. challenges and Questions: Research on Entrepreneurship in developing Countries  29. Getting Inside Entrepreneurs' Heart and Mind: Methods for Advancing Entrepreneurship Research on Affect and Cognition  30. Salesman or Scholars?: A Critical Examination of Research Scholarship in the Field of Entrepreneurship

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Ted Baker is Professor of Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship at North Carolina

State University, US and Senior Fellow at Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and

Entrepreneurship, University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business, South Africa.

Friederike Welter is President of the Institut für Mittelstandsforschung Bonn, Professor at the

University of Siegen, Germany and visiting scholar at JIBS, Sweden.


'A must-read for those interested in the further development of entrepreneurship as a discipline and the role of research in providing the impetus to achieve that goal. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Graduate students, faculty, and practitioners.' S. A. Schulman, CUNY Baruch College, in CHOICE April 2015

'This is a timely and well-crafted book. Baker and Welter, two of the field’s most productive scholars, do a masterful job in establishing new boundaries and foundations for more imaginative, creative, informative, and rigorous research in entrepreneurship. With an incredibly impressive assembly of topics and authors with diverse intellectual outlooks, the book pushes the frontiers of our knowledge and builds many bridges to the future. Organized and well written, the book makes an important and rich addition to the field. I congratulate the editors on a great addition to the literature.' - Shaker A. Zahra, Professor, University of Minnesota, USA

'This new volume by Baker and Welter is a must read for all entrepreneurship scholars. The book offers a unique variety of provocative ideas and views by top scholars, taking into account new contexts, theories and methods for conducting entrepreneurship research.' - Candida G. Brush, Professor, Babson College, USA

'Ted Baker and Friederike Welter have brought together a splendid range of ideas and approaches that truly celebrate the diversity, the heterogeneity and the uniqueness of entrepreneurship. This book offers inspiration for those who are brave enough to stray from the well trodden research paths; for those whose spirit of enquiry and intellectual curiosity is not subdued by a need for uniformity and path dependency.' - Alistair R. Anderson, Professor, Robert Gordon University, UK 

'Scholars have responded to the recent explosion of interest in entrepreneurship with such a vigorous and dynamic body of literature that it has left considerable bewilderment and confusion about what the field is really about. With this important new book, Ted Baker and Friederike Welter assemble leading scholars that separate the wheat from the chaff and provide a compelling blueprint about what the field of entrepreneurship actually is and why it is so valuable and important.' - David B. Audretsch, Professor, Indiana University, USA

'This is a joyful, creative, wide-ranging compendium, that celebrates and shares the burgeoning diversity in entrepreneurship research, and brings together many of the field's thought leaders. Chapters on passion, philosophy, process, and politics introduce the fundamentals of radical entrepreneurship with great verve and scholarship. Contributions exploring families and homes, bricolage, and ordinary entrepreneurs remind us of the grounded, everyday nature of most entrepreneurship.' - Sarah Dodd, Professor, The Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, Strathclyde University, UK

'The wisdom provided by this highly respected group of editors and authors will be invaluable to fledgling and experienced entrepreneurship scholars. The diversity of ideas, perspectives, theories, methods, and insights emerging from this book is also exciting. Hopefully, this will become a much-used resource and help to face the multifaceted challenges of studying entrepreneurship.’ - Alfredo De Massis, Professor, Lancaster University, UK