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Exploring Entrepreneurship

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September 2021 | 496 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
A detailed and critical analysis of the multiple types of entrepreneurship, helping students to understand the practical skills and theoretical concepts needed to create their very own entrepreneurial venture.

Split into two parts, the book provides an even balance between theory and practice. Part 1 covers the practical activities involved in new entrepreneurial ventures, and Part 2 uses the latest research to explore entrepreneurship from different perspectives.

The expanded third edition of Exploring Entrepreneurship includes:

• Additional coverage of entrepreneurship and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), corporate entrepreneurship, variety and diversity in entrepreneurship, and entrepreneurial approaches to the delivery of public services
• New and updated Case Studies that tackle cutting-edge practical issues
• New and updated Researcher Profiles from leading international scholars
• Enhanced Recommended Reading sections in each chapter with concise introductions to the latest research findings

Essential online resources for students, including selected SAGE journal articles, pre-reading suggestions, self-assessment questions and revision tips, plus a range of lecturer resources, are available.

Suitable reading for students taking modules in Entrepreneurship or Small Business Management at upper undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
 
Chapter 1 Introduction
 
Chapter 2 Varieties of Entrepreneurship
 
PART I Entrepreneurship in Practice
 
Chapter 3 Visions: Creating New Ventures
 
Chapter 4 Opportunities: Nurturing Creativity and Innovation
 
Chapter 5 People: Leading Teams and Networks
 
Chapter 6 Markets: Understanding Customers and Competitors
 
Chapter 7 Operations: Implementing Technologies, Processes and Controls
 
Chapter 8 Accounts: Interpreting Financial Performance
 
Chapter 9 Finances: Raising Capital for New Ventures
 
PART II Perspectives on Entrepreneurship
 
Chapter 10 Research Matters: Introduction and Overview
 
Chapter 11 Individual Perspectives: Beyond the ‘Heroic’ Entrepreneur
 
Chapter 12 Social Perspectives: Understanding People and Places
 
Chapter 13 Economic Perspectives: Influences and Impacts
 
Chapter 14 Historical Perspectives: The ‘Long View’
 
Chapter 15 Political Perspectives: From Policy to Practice
 
Chapter 16 Reflections: Entrepreneurial Learning

This is a great book, a book that I long have searched for and wanted for my students. What I particular value in this book is the books discussion of pro and cons, and how it allows the reader to evaluate their options. The book offers a nice and balanced introduction to the variety of ways one could engage in entrepreneurship, both in practice and as a learner. Part I takes a “how to do” approach aiding the reader from an idea search to an emerging new venture. Part II addresses the learners need for guidance. Through the tales of entrepreneurship scholars, cases, elaborations on research questions and methods, the learner are offered a way into exploring essential emerging issues in entrepreneurship research themselves. The format of the book allows me as a teacher in entrepreneurship subjects to assist the learning of my students by inviting them into the entrepreneurial universe by themselves taking part in their own entrepreneurial endeavor through action and reflection.

Bjørn Willy Åmo
Associate professor at the Nord University Business School, Norway

A detailed and contemporary text offering a coherent outline of key concepts and practices in the field of entrepreneurship. This book explores a diverse range of issues relevant to all studying entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial behaviour; an excellent and comprehensive text. It is to be recommended to all those engaged with teaching, debating and theorising entrepreneurship.

Sue Marlow
Professor of Entrepreneurship at The University of Nottingham

This book provides an insightful grounded perspective on the rapidly evolving subject of entrepreneurship. The combination of the practical and the academic gives it a distinctive position in the marketplace for student texts on the subject.

David Storey
Professor of Enterprise at the University of Sussex

This is a well written and accessible book on entrepreneurship which makes a welcome return in an improved second edition. Blundel, Lockett and Wang with their blend of practical coverage and perspectives on entrepreneurship make the subject come to life. This book will be invaluable to lecturers and students alike.

Paul J A Robson
Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy at the University of London

This is a great book which is easy to read for practitioners and offers a comprehensive insight for academic scholars and entrepreneurs.

Xiaoyu(Allen) Yu
School of Management at Shanghai University

Part Two explores the research dimensions of entrepreneurship and is more likely to appeal to the final year undergraduate or postgraduate student looking for deeper knowledge of different research perspectives and their interactions with both entrepreneurial and the learner’s experiences. Important economic, historical and political perspectives are addressed in an authoritative, yet accessible way, which also embeds international dimensions throughout. The final chapter addresses entrepreneurial learning, however the focus on learning is recursive throughout the book. Overall, this is a rare example of a very well researched, accessible and authoritative text which should appeal both to learners and to educators.

David Rae
Professor in Enterprise and Research at Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln

Exploring Entrepreneurship is a breakthrough textbook for students of entrepreneurship. No other textbook combines such a clear summary of the start-up process along with a comprehensive overview of the developing discipline of entrepreneurship studies.

Andrew Godley
Academic Director at the Henley Centre for Entrepreneurship

The book is a great basis for developing students' thinking about the topic of entrepreneurship. It provides the basic concepts and can be complemented by more in-depth journal articles to dive into particular issues. Particularly the companion website is a great tool to support teaching development and reflection about how to structure the class.

Dr Sven-Ove Horst
Department of Media & Communication, Erasmus University Rotterdam

This is well written and easy to read book for students that is clear and concise.

Miss Sam Shepley
Business School, Oldham College

Richard Blundel

Richard K. Blundel is Professor of Enterprise and Organisation in the Department for Public Leadership and Social Enterprise at The Open University.  He has been involved in creating and leading several new undergraduate and postgraduate courses in entrepreneurship and innovation.  Richard’s current research focuses on promoting environmental sustainability in SMEs.  He also examines growth and innovation in craft-based firms, such as cheesemakers, small boat builders, furniture designer-makers and brass musical instrument manufacturers. His work has been published in journals such as Business & Society, Business... More About Author

Nigel Lockett

Nigel Lockett is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Head of the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship at the University of Strathclyde. He is a senior academic, experienced manager, serial entrepreneur and community leader. In 2015, he was awarded a prestigious National Teaching Fellowship for outstanding contribution to enterprise in higher education. Nigel also has over 25 years’ experience as a company director, with a track record in managing start-up, joint venture and social enterprises. His current research interests focus on academic entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial learning and the use of customer relationship management (CRM)... More About Author

Catherine Wang

Catherine L. Wang is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy at the Brunel Business School, Brunel University London. She has been involved in creating the undergraduate programme in entrepreneurship and innovation. Catherine’s research interests are at the intersection of entrepreneurship, innovation and strategy, and in particular, how firms can turn strategic and entrepreneurial resources and capabilities into successful innovation and firm performance in both commercial and social enterprises. Her work has been published in journals such as Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, British Journal of Management, International Journal... More About Author

Suzanne Mawson

Suzanne Mawson is a Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship at the University of Strathclyde, where she teaches creativity and entrepreneurial thinking at Masters and MBA level. She is an expert in business development and growth, with particular expertise in programming and interventions to support ambitious and growth-oriented firms. Suzanne’s research interests also cover alternative entrepreneurial finance such as crowdfunding, as well as start-up and growth-oriented entrepreneurship in migrant and refugee communities. Her research has been published in a range of leading entrepreneurship and... More About Author

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