Entrepreneurship has regained centre stage in the contemporary knowledge-intensive and innovation-driven economy, as well as in research. Integrating classic and recent insights into the organization, economics and management of entrepreneurial activities, Organizing Entrepreneurship aims to blend rigor with relevance, and connects theory with practical problems around key questions, such as:
Original case studies are discussed and integrated throughout the text, which reflect a wide range of sectors (from agri-business to high tech) and countries (including emerging economies). Providing a unique resource for students and instructors of entrepreneurship and organization, this book also offers new insights to entrepreneurs and investors in the organization of new firms, as well as to managers striving to infuse entrepreneurial behaviors into their already established firms.
'This important new book provides a valuable framework for analyzing the strategies that entrepreneurial ventures can deploy to gain the competitive edge, particularly in an international context. It will be valuable reading for both students and scholars of entrepreneurship.'
David B. Audretsch, Director, Max Planck Institute of Economics, Germany
'There are many textbooks on entrepreneurship, but none are quite like this. Instead of praising entrepreneurs as charismatic heroes, or preaching the benefits of private enterprise, this book takes a cool and objective approach. It highlights the impact of social networking and organizational structure on innovation and profit, and thereby places the study of entrepreneurship on a systematic basis. The authors and their collaborators are to be congratulated on a most distinguished contribution to the literature.'
Mark C. Casson, Henley Business School, UK
Introduction 1. Entrepreneurial Opportunities 1.1 Economic Sources of Opportunities 1.2 Relational Sources of Opportunities 1.3 Cognitive Sources of Opportunities 2. Entrepreneurial Resources: Networked Access 2.1 Attracting Human, Technical and Financial Resources - 'Market Failure' Problems 2.2 Networked HR 2.3 Networked Access to Technology 2.4 Networked Finance 3. Entrepreneurial Firms 3.1 The Governance Structure of Entrepreneurial Firms 3.2 The Organizational Structure of Entrepreneurial Firms 4. The Internal and External Growth of Entrepreneurial Firms 4.1 The Boundaries of the Entrepreneurial Firm 4.2 Networked Growth (and Birth) 5. Organizing Corporate Entrepreneurship 5.1 Structural Practices 5.2 HR Practices 6. Organizing Environments for Entrepreneurship 6.1 Industrial Districts: Variety and Evolution 6.2 Institutional and Designed Innovation Milieux