Author(s): Frédéric Delmar and Karl Wennberg
Year: 2010Pages: 208Publisher: Edward ElgarCity: Cheltenham, UK, and Northampton, MA, USA
How and why are firms created, expanded and terminated by entrepreneurs in the knowledge intensive economy? The authors show these entrepreneurship processes are firmly embedded in a given social and economic context, that shapes the process by which some individuals discover entrepreneurial opportunities, creating new firms that sometimes grow to remarkable size, but more often stay mundane or eventually exit.
he authors expertly provide a theoretical and empirical examination of new knowledge intensive firms over their whole life cycle using a unique set of matched employee–employer data containing over three million individuals and over 200,000 firms. With theoretical pillars anchored in industrial organization economics, evolutionary organization theory, and entrepreneurship research, this book presents a detailed investigation of the entrepreneurial processes of firm entry, growth, and their eventual demise.
This insightful book will prove to be invaluable for business policymakers as well as postgraduate students and researchers in management, economics, and entrepreneurship.
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Delmar, Frédéric and Karl Wennberg (2010), Knowledge Intensive Entrepreneurship. The Birth, Growth and Demise of Entrepreneurial Firms. Cheltenham, UK, and Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar.