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.
'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
Part I: Setting the Scene for the Companion of Entrepreneurship1. Bridges to the Future: Challenging the Nature of Entrepreneurship Scholarship (Friederike Welter and Ted Baker) Part II: the Discipline of Entrepreneurship Research 2. Entrepreneurship research and its Historical Background (Hans Landström) 3. Sketching a Philosophy of Entrepreneurship (Daniel Hjorth) 4. Action and Process, Vision and Values: Entrepreneurship Means Something Different to Everyone (Phillip H. Kim) Part III: Reasons and Motivations for Entering Entrepreneurship 5. Passions and Entrepreneurs (Melissa S. Cardon) 6. The Eclipse and New Dawn of Individual Differences Research: Charting a Path Forward (David Townsend, J. Robert Mitchell, Ronald K. Mitchell and Lowell Busenitz) 7. Identity and Entrepreneurship (Simon Down and Andreas Giazitzoglu) 8. Thinking Different: Effectual Logic and Behaviour (Rene Mauer) 9. Do it Again!: Recent Developments in the Study of Habitual Entrepreneurship and a Look to the Future (Deniz Ucbasaran, Leonie Baldacchino and Andy Lockett) Part IV: Resources and Resourcefulness 10. Bricolage: Making do with what is at Hand (Brad MacMaster, Geoff Archer and Robert Hirth) 11. Entrepreneurial Families and Households (Gry Agnete Alsos, Sara Carter and Elisabet Ljunggren) 12. Microfinance Re-Imagined: Personal Banking for the Poor (Silvia Dorado) 13. Financing the Business (Armin Schwienbacher) 14. A Framework for Investigating University-Based Technology Transfer and Commercialization (Peter Gianiodis) Part V: Entrepreneurship, Wealth and Well-Being15. The Ordinary Entrepreneur (Saras Sarasvathy, Anusha Ramesh and William Forster) 16. Informal, Illegal and Criminal Entrepreneurship (Robert Smith and Gerard McElwee) 17. Poverty, Reciprocity and Community-Based Entrepreneurship: Enlarging the Discussion (Ana Maria Peredo) 18. Capitalizing on Creativity: Insights on Creative Entrepreneurship (Anne de Bruin and Erik Noyes) 19. Entrepreneuring the Aesthetic: Arts Entrepreneurship and Reconciliation (Gary D. Beckman) 20. Entrepreneurship Across Borders (Siri Terjesen) 21. Growing Entrepreneurial Economies: Entrepreneurship and Regional Development (Erik Stam and Niels Bosma) Part VI: Entrepreneurial Opportunity: Equal and Unequal 22. Empowerment, Place and Entrepreneurship: Women in the Global South (Haya Al-Dajani and Susan Marlow) 23. Entrepreneurial Agency and Institutions (P. Devereaux Jennings, Michael Lounsbury and Manley Sharifian) 24. The Rhetoric of Power: Entrepreneurship and Politics (Charlie Dannreuther and Lew Perren) 25. Entrepreneurship as Ethnic Minority Liberation (Trevor Jones and Monder Ram) 26. Entrepreneurial Opportunities in the Individual-Opportunity Nexus (Jonathan E. Eckhardt) 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 (Timothy G. Pollock and Kisha Lashley) 28. challenges and Questions: Research on Entrepreneurship in developing Countries (Sameeksha Desai) 29. Getting Inside Entrepreneurs' Heart and Mind: Methods for Advancing Entrepreneurship Research on Affect and Cognition (Denis A. Gregoire and Lisa Schurer Lambert) 30. Salesman or Scholars?: A Critical Examination of Research Scholarship in the Field of Entrepreneurship (Benson Honig)