The Origins and Evolution of New Businesses

The Origins and Evolution of New Businesses

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Few would deny the crucial role that entrepreneurs play in our increasingly global economy-but exactly what is this vital, yet loosely defined business force we call the entrepreneurial spirit? This landmark study is the first to examine analytically the nature of the opportunities that entrepreneurs pursue, the problems they face, the traits they require, and the social and economic contributions they make. Until recently, entrepreneurs have been largely ignored in modern economic theory. But at the dawn of a networked age, marked by the advent of e-business and the home office, there's no question that entrepreneurs have recaptured the popular imagination. Studies now show that most men and women dream of starting their own businesses rather than rising through the corporate ranks. Yet in spite of increased attention by many of today's leading business schools, entrepreneurship has remained largely a mystery, an apparantly intuitive sense of values possessed by certain individuals. This book targets the issues central to successful start-up ventures, such as endowments and opportunities, planning versus adaptation, securing resources, corporate initiatives, venture capital, revolutionary ventures and the evolution of fledgling businesses. Focusing on hard data and evaluations of numerous start-up businesses, including many of today's major industry leaders, this book presents a new economic model-a key to understanding the guts, determination, luck and skills that constitute the underpinnings of corporate success. Written in clear, concise prose, The Origin and Evolution of New Businesses goes behind the charts and graphs of business theory to the true heart of success. It is essential reading for business students, would-be entrepreneurs, or executives wanting to incorporate the vitality of the entrepreneurial spirit into their more

Product details

  • Hardback | 432 pages
  • 154.9 x 231.1 x 35.6mm | 430.92g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • line illustrations
  • 0195131444
  • 9780195131444
  • 2,041,932

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... the book is filled with useful and even startling insights based on exhaustive research." * The Standard (on-line) * This book will find a welcome reception from business schools that are focussing on courses in entrepreneurship and may also appeal to corporate executives who are trying too instill an entrepreneurial spirit in their employees. * Booklist * The wealth of information contained in this book adds up to a very persuasive case and policy-makers (and all those interested in encouraging entrepreneurship) would do well to consider this book very carefully. * Community Affairs Briefing * Any future theorising about the role and nature of the entrepreneur must take account of this book. * Financial Times * The book is very useful for scholars and policy-makers who want to understand the crucial economic activity of starting and growing a business. * Urban Studies * Truly fascinating ... I would wholeheartedly recommend this book. * Financial Adviser *show more

About Amar Bhide

Amar Bhide, Schmidheiny Professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts more

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