In this vital new book, leading international scholars highlight the unique characteristics and rich variety of European research in entrepreneurship. They pursue several different perspectives and focus on the key issues and most significant developments in the field. The authors illustrate current conceptions of entrepreneurship research and identify critical methodological and theoretical questions. They also discuss innovations in European research methodologies which often result from holistic and systemic approaches, as well as from multi-disciplinary research. They move on to study entrepreneurship, innovation and culture as a set of interrelated fields, highlighting the role of culture in the growing phenomenon of entrepreneurship. They demonstrate how culture has to be understood in a broad sense and at different levels, such as professional culture, corporate culture and national culture. In this way, the book provides powerful tools to help identify, elaborate and understand the importance of European cultural roots within the international entrepreneurship landscape.
Including detailed comparative studies at both the national and corporate level, this book will be informative reading for researchers, students and practitioners interested in the education, management issues and practices surrounding entrepreneurship. It will also be of value to those working in the fields of technology and innovation policy, and to anyone wanting to understand the unique European notions of entrepreneurship, which are often quite distinct from current American views.