Entrepreneurship and Firm Performance

Antoinette Walsh (Editor)

Series: Business Issues, Competition and Entrepreneurship
BISAC: BUS025000

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Entrepreneurship has been the focus of considerable interest in the policy and business circles in the past two decades. Against a backdrop of the recent global recession, downsizing by large firms and problems of inequality and unemployment in many countries in Europe and Africa, it is realized that vigorous entrepreneurship is critical for sustainable job creation, and for boosting tax revenue and economic growth in a society. This book provides current research on entrepreneurship and firm performance. The first chapter examines the nature of entrepreneurship by selectively drawing from the economic, management and psychological schools, and then presents an integrated electric view of entrepreneurship based on the different schools of thought.

Chapter two theoretically examines the influence of international non-governmental organizations (INGOs), on local and international entrepreneurial activity stemming from emerging markets in light of globalization and the aftermath of the global economic crisis. Chapter three examines the moderating effect of prior functional and prior founding experiences of the founders on the relationship between ecosystem and new venture growth. Chapter four justifies both theoretically and scientifically the emotional and social aspects of gender, and offers a new arena for sketching the figures of a man and a woman entrepreneur.

Chapter five discusses topics of entrepreneurship in Brazil, focusing on psychosocial elements which impact entrepreneur´s agency and considering cultural, social and psychological aspects which singularize such practice, potentially distinguishing it from other countries’ experiences. Chapter six analyzes the situation of social entrepreneurship in Lithuania, emphasizing its policy and practice in the European Union (EU) context, striving for youth involvement in becoming social entrepreneurs. Chapter seven conducts an initial insight on the link between entrepreneurial motivations and performance in microfinance institutions (MFIs). The last chapter proposes a multidimensional approach to the study of entrepreneurship.
(Imprint: Nova)

Preface

Chapter 1
Advancing the Economics of Entrepreneurship: An Integrated Approach
(Darma Mahadea, and Irrshad Kaseeram, School of Accounting, Economics and Finance, University of Kwazulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg Campus, South Africa, and others)

Chapter 2
Informal Transnational Political Actors and Emerging Markets: Understanding Entrepreneurship in a Changing Normative Atmosphere
(Luis Alfonso Dau, Elizabeth Marie Moore and Margaret Soto, Northeastern University, Boston MA, USA)

Chapter 3
Gender and Brain in the Female Entrepreneurial Process
(Antonia Rosa Gurrieri, and Luca Petruzzellis, Department of Law, University of Foggia, Italy, and others)

Chapter 4
Entrepreneurship in Brazil: Cultural and Psychological Aspects
(L. Barlach, School of Arts, Sciences and Humanities, University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paolo, Brazil)

Chapter 5
Development of Entrepreneurship in Lithuania: Becoming Social Entrepreneurs
(Jolita Greblikaite, Assoc. professor, PhD at Institute of Business and Rural Development and Management, Faculty of Economics and Management, Aleksandras Stulginskis University, Kaunas, Lithuania)

Chapter 6
The Role of Entrepreneurship Motivations on Microfinance Institutions Performance
(Françoise Okah-Efogo and Laurence Nkakene Molou, Faculty of Economics and Management, University of Yaoundé II – Cameroon)

Chapter 7
A Multidimensional Approach to the Study of Entrepreneurial Firms Performance
(Diego Matricano, Department of Management, Second University of Naples, Italy)

Index

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