This volume provides a comprehensive and accessible guide to the key facts, ideas, theories and thinking about enterprise and entrepreneurship, this text considers their relationship to small businesses and discusses the methods that are taken to promote them.Outlining the importance of the small business sector and the activity of enterprise development, the authors discuss the meaning of enterprise, its perceived benefits and the cultural, economic and political influences which affect the behaviour of individuals and groups. They address the distinctive differences between small and large businesses and also consider business growth and corporate entrepreneurship. A special feature is the section they devote to the reasons, theories, methods and results of governmental intervention to promote the development of enterprise.
Presented for students, policy makers and practitioners, this edition has been thoroughly updated throughout and includes new or expanded material on: gender and ethnicity issues; entrepreneurship and small business policy; social enterprise and the social economy; portfolio and part time working; intrapreneurship and corporate entrepreneurship; international comparative performance; the E- business sector and the new economy
Table of Contents
Preface - Introduction - PART I: THE CONCEPT OF ENTERPRISE - Why Talk About Enterprise? - What Does Enterprise Mean? - Enterprise in Individuals - Enterprise - the External Influences - Other Aspects of Enterprise - PART II: ENTERPRISE AND SMALL BUSINESS - Small Business: Definitions, Characteristics and Needs - Distinctive Features of Small Businesses - Business Growth - Small is Beautiful: Entrepreneurship in the Bigger Business - PART III: PROMOTING ENTERPRISE - Why Intervene? - Theories and Assumptions - Intervention Methods - Intervention Evaluation and Results - AFTERWORD - Science, Art, or Magic?
SIMON BRIDGE works as a Consultant in the areas of enterprise and economic development for the private, public and voluntary sectors. He has over fifteen years experience in enterprise and has been Enterprise Director in a small business agency. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Institute of Small Business Affairs (ISBA). - KEN O'NEILL is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development, and Director of the Management Institute, at the University of Ulster. He is a member of the International Steering Committee of the International Small Business Congress and a former President of both the Institute of Small Business Affairs (ISBA) and the International Council of Small Business (ICSB). - STAN CROMIE is Professor of Management Education at the University of Ulster. He was formerly Head of the Centre for Management Education at the Ulster Business School. His teaching and research interests lie in entrepreneurship, family firms and the management of change. -