Frontiers in European Entrepreneurship Research
Edited by David Smallbone, Hans Landström and Dylan Jones-Evans
David Smallbone, Hans Landström and Dylan Jones-Evans INTRODUCTION This book provides a window on contemporary European entrepreneurship and small business research, through a selection of some of the best papers presented at the twenty-first Research in Entrepreneurship (RENT) Conference held in Cardiff in November 2007. The papers selected for inclusion demonstrate the applied nature of entrepreneurship research, as well as the various contributions that entrepreneurship can make to local, regional and national development, from both a social and an economic perspective. The papers also reveal the heterogeneity of the field of entrepreneurship, especially in terms of substantive content and the methodologies employed, with both quantitative and qualitative approaches well represented. This heterogeneity partly reflects different traditions and priorities in different European countries, which has always been part of the attraction and relevance of the RENT conference since its origin in 1986. Following this introduction, the papers selected for inclusion have been grouped into five main themes: regional perspectives on entrepreneurship; new venture creation and growth; business exits; knowledge-based entrepreneurship; and entrepreneurship and social inclusion. While the division represents a convenient way of organizing the book, a number of the papers selected contribute to more than one theme. In addition, although RENT is primarily a scientific conference, all papers included in this volume have some implications for the contribution of entrepreneurship to economic development at the local, regional and/or national scales. Although the nature and extent of the contribution of entrepreneurship to economic development is a well-established theme in the...