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Handbook of Research on Entrepreneurship and Regional Development

National and Regional Perspectives Edited by Michael Fritsch, Chair of Business Dynamics, Innovation, and Economic Change, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany
Recent research has found pronounced differences in the level of entrepreneurship and new business formation across various regions and nations. This timely Handbook reveals that the development of new ventures as well as their effects on overall economic growth are strongly shaped by their regional and national environment. The expert group of contributors gives an overview on the current state of the art in this field, and proposes avenues for further investigation. Topics include the regional determinants of new business formation, the effects of start-ups on growth, the role of globalization for regional entrepreneurship, the effect of national and regional framework conditions, as well as the role of universities as incubators of innovative new firms.
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Publication Date: 2011
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  • Business and Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Economics and Finance
  • Regional Economics
  • Urban and Regional Studies
  • Regional Economics
Recent research has found pronounced differences in the level of entrepreneurship and new business formation across various regions and nations. This timely Handbook reveals that the development of new ventures as well as their effects on overall economic growth are strongly shaped by their regional and national environment. The expert group of contributors gives an overview on the current state of the art in this field, and proposes avenues for further investigation. Topics include the regional determinants of new business formation, the effects of start-ups on growth, the role of globalization for regional entrepreneurship, the effect of national and regional framework conditions, as well as the role of universities as incubators of innovative new firms.
‘. . . the book provides an ideal reference point for positioning and grounding the various aspects of entrepreneurship research, and each individual chapter provides an excellent departure point from which further research and analyses can be developed. It is a welcome and timely publication that condenses a wide range of evidence in a concise, well -considered, and easily digestible manner.’
– Raquel Ortega-Argilés, Journal of Regional Science

‘. . . the book is an important reading in the field of entrepreneurship. One of its main contributions is that it clearly shows that the process of new firm formation is a regional event. The chapters are rich in theoretical insights and data, and are valuable readings for students, academics, and policy-makers interested in entrepreneurship and regional growth.’
– Christine Tamásy, Regional Studies

‘Entrepreneurship can have powerful effects on local as well as national economies. The chapters in this edited volume, authored by well-known experts in their fields, explore various aspects of entrepreneurship and regional development. The book provides an illuminating overview of the current state of knowledge while also sharing with the reader several new findings and insights on issues as diverse as globalization, regional employment growth, nascent entrepreneurs, gazelles, labor productivity, government regulations, and university entrepreneurship. It is recommended reading for anyone interested in these topics.’
– Simon C. Parker, The University of Western Ontario, Canada

‘There is substantial evidence regarding the considerable regional variation in business creation. Michael Fritsch has done a fine job of assembling the most recent analyses of the best scholars on the regional factors affecting firm creation and the consequences. It is essential reading for any scholar or policy analyst seeking a state-of-the-art overview of the current empirical status of research on this important topic.’
– Paul D. Reynolds, George Washington University, US

‘This Handbook examines the contribution of the entrepreneur and related processes to regional economic development. The recognition that the indirect entrepreneurial effects on development are more significant than the direct is an important and under-girding conclusion. And further, that entrepreneurial driven effects are often not felt immediately but in some cases only across decades, as illustrated by the over-two-decade incubation of the entrepreneurial culture in Silicon Valley which only later resulted in it becoming the dominant icon of scientific and technology regional development that it is today.’
– Roger Stough, George Mason University, US

‘This volume fills an important gap in the research literature on entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship is a localized phenomenon and all too many studies disregard this fact. Thus, the regional economic milieu is a critical factor determining not only the volume and type of entrepreneurship but also the effects of entrepreneurship in terms of value-added growth, employment growth, etc. The contributions in this book by a number of leading scientists in the field provide an excellent overview and understanding of the prerequisites for and the role of entrepreneurship in regional growth and development.’
– Charlie Karlsson, Jönköping University, Sweden
Contributors: Z.J. Ács, T. Åstebro, D.B. Audretsch, N. Bazzazian, N. Bosma, M.P. Feldman, M. Fritsch, I. Grilo, M. Henrekson, D. Johansson, L. Lanahan, J.M. Miller, R. Sternberg, A.R. Thurik
Contents:

1. The Role of New Businesses in Regional Development: Introduction and Overview
Michael Fritsch

2. Globalization, Entrepreneurship, and the Region
David B. Audretsch, Isabel Grilo and A. Roy Thurik

3. Regional Determinants of Entrepreneurial Activities – Theories and Empirical Evidence
Rolf Sternberg

4. The Effect of New Business Formation on Regional Employment: Empirical Evidence, Interpretation, and Avenues for Further Research
Michael Fritsch

5. Entrepreneurship, Urbanization Economies, and Productivity of European Regions
Niels Bosma

6. High-Impact Firms: Gazelles Revisited
Zoltan J. Acs

7. Firm Growth, Institutions, and Structural Transformation
Magnus Henrekson and Dan Johansson

8. Inadvertent Infrastructure and Regional Entrepreneurship Policy
Maryann P. Feldman, Lauren Lanahan and Jennifer M. Miller

9. Universities, Entrepreneurship, and Local Economic Development
Thomas Åstebro and Navid Bazzazian

Index