Entrepreneurship studies have suffered from misleading and inaccurate information in the past that makes it hard to separate the myths from realities. By identifying some crucial issues that need to be resolved, and by discussing what past analytical errors may have occurred, this book makes a significant contribution towards enhancing our overall understanding of the entrepreneurial process. The Handbook of Entrepreneurship brings together the best researchers in the USA and Europe to review the most up-to-date thinking on the most crucial topics in entrepreneurship studies. It is the first book to combine the research activities of Europe and the United States, and reflects cutting-edge research with a multicultural perspective. The 21 chapters in the Handbook have been written by 28 experts representing a entrepreneurial Who's Who. The chapters are grouped into four major sections: Public Policy, which examines the different contexts in which businesses operate around the world. Growth which looks at the theoretical perspectives and issues of growth, the impact of entrepreneurial teams and strategic alliances, and the management of transition and rapid growth.
Finance which covers the broader issues of financing growth, formal and informal venture capital, and initial public offerings. Strategy/Research Methods which provides an overview of current European and North American research methods and identifies further research needs.
"Overall, the book fills a gaping hole, not only in international entrepreneurship research but also in teaching. This is a perfect text for a graduate course in International Entrepreneurship. For a researcher in this area, the chapters will be a goldmine, providing not only background for research but also provocative research questions. Don Sexton has done it again: bringing together the best minds in entrepreneurship and providing a state of the art look at international entrepreneurship. Excellent job!" Nancy Upton, Baylor University
"The book is an interesting collection on international entrepreneurship from a variety of approaches: pure theoretical frameworks, specific applications within selected countries, and cross-country comparisons. The Handbook of Entrepreneurship serves as a course for someone wanting to learn the 'state of the art' of international entrepreneurship." Patricia G Greene, University of Missouri - Kansas City
"The Handbook of Entrepreneurship will undoubtedly become one of the most definitive and highly cited works in the field. Sexton and his co-authors have provided the field of entrepreneurship with a reference that identifies and summarizes the contemporary research in the field, anchoring the book with contributions of major scholars. The authors are to be congratulated for stepping out of the North American focus that is typical of most entrepreneurship books indeed, I think many readers will see the more international exploration of this book as one of its key contributions. Overall, [this book} is very well organized, has excellent content, explores interesting issues, and is certain to be found on the bookshelves of most entrepreneurship scholars." Patricia McDougall, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University - Bloomington
"This volume is a mix of theoretical and disucssion articles and forms an excellent summary of the research issues int he field to date. As such, it is a volume for the researcher and the academic business library". Business Management
Part I: Setting the Stage for International Research in Entrepreneurship:.
1. Learning Together: National Differences in Entrepreneurship Research: Howard Aldrich.
2. Conceptual and Empirical Challenges in the Study of Firm Growth: Per Davidson and Johan Wiklund.
3. The Intersection of Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management Research: Michael Hitt and R. Duane.
4. Research Mimicking Policy: Entrepreneurship/Small Business Policy Research in the United States: William Dennis Jr.
Part II: Government Impacts on Entrepreneurship:.
5. SME Policy in Europe: Dennis De.
6. Entrepreneurship in Germany: David Audretsch.
7. Regulatory Policies and their Impact on SMEs in Europe: The Case of Administrative Burdens: Robert van der Horst, Andre Nijsen and Selcuk Gulhan.
8. The Climate for Entrepreneurship in European Countries in Transition: Josef Mugler.
9. Six Steps to Heaven: Evaluating the Impact of Public Policies to Support Small Businesses in Developed Economics: David Storey.
Part III: Financing Growth:.
10. Financing Growth: Recent Developments in the European Scene: Rik Donckels.
11. Informal Venture Capital and the Financing of Emergent Growth Businesses: Colin Mason and Richard Harrison.
12. Venture Capital and Growth: Sophie Manigart and Harry Sapienza.
13. Venture Capital Financing of Entrepreneurship: Theory, Empirical Evidence and a Research Agenda: Raphael Amit, James Brander and Christoph Zott.
Part IV: Achieving Growth: Internal and External Approaches:.
14. Entrepreneurial Teams and Venture Growth: Sue Birley and Simon Stockley.
15. Management Growth Transitions: Theoretical Perspectives and Research Directions: J.B. (Ben) Arbaugh and S. Michael Camp.
16. Growth of Technology-Based New Firms: Erkko Autio.
17. Entrepreneurship and High-Technology Clusters: Arnold Cooper and Timothy Folta.
18. Networking and Entrepreneurial Growth: Bengt Johannisson.
19. Strategic Alliances as Vehicles for International Growth: Mark Weaver.
20. An Entrepreneurial Slant to Franchise Research: Frank Hoy, John Stanworth and David Purdy.
21. Remaining Issues and Suggestions for Further Research.