The Theory and Practice of Entrepreneurship

Frontiers in European Entrepreneurship Research

Edited by the late David Smallbone, formerly Professor of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Small Business Research Centre, Kingston University, UK, João Leitão, Head of University Management and Administration, University of Beira Interior and Research Fellow, Technical University Lisbon, Portugal, Mário Raposo, Full Professor of Marketing and Strategy, University of Beira Interior and NECE – Research Unit, Portugal and Friederike Welter, President and Managing Director, Institut für Mittelstandsforschung (IfM) Bonn and Professor, University of Siegen, Germany

This timely book provides a fresh perspective on contemporary research in the field of entrepreneurship and small business, considering both theory and application.

‘The papers in this volume showcase the depth and richness of contemporary European research. The contributions offer invaluable insights on diverse facets of entrepreneurship including entrepreneurial universities as catalysts of innovation and regional development, perspectives on small firm internationalization and strategic alliances. This compelling collection is essential reading for all those who wish to stay updated on leading research findings and the methodological diversity that is a hallmark of European research. Very worthwhile policy-relevant angles are an added bonus.’
– Anne de Bruin, Massey University, New Zealand

‘The present volume with its fourteen contributions by authors from eleven different European countries gives a perfect overview of what theory and practice of entrepreneurship in Europe is all about. Entrepreneurship is often cited as a powerful instrument to help economies recover after the banking crisis. The fourteen contributions provide valuable material to show that entrepreneurship is indeed a much needed instrument and how policymakers and others can make use of it. Also, the impact and the pervasiveness of the entrepreneurial instrument are thoroughly illustrated.’
– A. Roy Thurik, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands

2010 336 pp Hardback 978 1 84980 379 3 £136.80 £105.00 $136.80 $152.00

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