Entrepreneurship and Small Firms
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Entrepreneurship and Small Firms




David Deakins & Mark Freel






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Comprehensive analysis of entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship and Small Firm, provides comprehensive and accessible coverage of entrepreneurial and small firm theory, concepts, evidence, policy and practice. Integrating academic theory with the day to day realities that entrepreneurs may encounter it provides a comprehensive analysis of entrepreneurship.


Key Features


Includes extensive coverage on female and ethnic minority entrepreneurs as part of a chapter emphasizing diversity in entrepreneurship.

This edition includes a completely new chapter on Social Entrepreneurship.

This fully updated edition contains the latest research developments as well as practical assignments, examples and real-life case studies.

The chapter on family business has been revised and updated and more information has been provided on e-business and developing economies.

Case Studies: These are integrated throughout the text based on real-life companies, including a new case study on S&A foods and Asda.




1: The entrepreneur: concepts and evidence
2: Entrepreneurial activity, the economy and the importance of small firms
3: Diversity in entrepreneurship: the role of women and ethnic minorities
4: Sources of finance: overview of issues and bank finance
5: Sources of venture finance
6: Innovation and entrepreneurship
7: Information and communications technologies and e-business
8: Entrepreneurial and growth firms
9: International entrepreneurship
10: Family businesses
11: Social entrepreneurship
12: Issues in business start-up
13: Preparation for business start-up: research, design and implementation of business plans


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