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Enterprise, Entrepreneurship and Small Business

Enterprise, Entrepreneurship and Small Business

  • Simon Down - Anglia Ruskin University, UK, Newcastle University Business School, UK

March 2010 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Broad and inquisitive in its intellectual outlook, this provocative but accessible textbook covers core themes and topics in the study of enterprise, as well as looking at subjects that are often ignored, from criminal entrepreneurs and the demise of Enron, to innovation and technology and ethnic and indigenous entrepreneurship.

Along the way, the reader will find an interactive exploration not only of the processes of entrepreneuring, of managing small enterprises, or of the implications of working in an entrepreneurial corporation – he or she will also be challenged to consider enterprise in its social, economic, political, and moral contexts. This textbook moves beyond the narrow, prescriptive focus on the 'how' employed by other textbooks, and places equal emphasis on the 'why' – all the time considering the role of enterprise, entrepreneurship and small business in the world we live in.

Supported by lively case studies, real-life examples, and a concept guide of key terms, this text is ideal for undergraduate and graduate students on any course with an emphasis on enterprise and entrepreneurship.

Studying Enterprise
What, Where, When, Who and How?

Firms, Organizations and the Entrepreneur

Explanations of the Entrepreneurial Self

Managing Smaller/Entrepreneurial Enterprises
Working in Smaller/Entrepreneurial Enterprises
Entrepreneuring in the Corporate Environment
Reflecting on Practice
Finance, Marketing and Networking, Strategy and Growth

Economic Contexts of Enterprise
Social Contexts of Enterprise
Cultural Centrality, Diversity and Marginality

Political Contexts of Enterprise
Governments and Smaller Enterprise


A thoughtful and reflective account of "enterprise", offering meaningful and contextualized knowledge to students at all levels, written in a style that is as engaging as it is informative – and peppered with unobtrusive dry wit
Professor Sara Carter, OBE
Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, University of Strathclyde

This textbook is a breath of fresh air...Enterprise, Entrepreneurship and Small Business is not just another textbook on small businesses. A closer look reveals that this is a guide for understanding the differend angles from which entrepreneuring is experienced...clarity and richness of content are only two of the reasonswhy students and experts of enterprise alike will enjoy this rewarding book...Down understands his audience and writes for them, with relevant concepts and dialogical style. Enterprise, Entrepreneurship and Small Business is a beautifully crafted book, with strong narrative power and pristine clarity, and yet it is essentially a textbook, and a good one
Angelo P. Bisignano
The International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation

`A thoughtful and reflective account of "enterprise", offering meaningful and contextualized knowledge to students at all levels, written in a style that is as engaging as it is informative – and peppered with unobtrusive dry wit' - Professor Sara Carter, OBE, Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, University of Strathclyde

William B. Garner
Clemson University

It contains comprehensive theories and practices on the module that I lead.

Dr Muhammad Surya Anindita
Business and Management, Sheffield Hallam University
November 19, 2023

A thoughtful and reflective account of enterprise and entrepreneurship, offering good theoretical background of enterprise/entrepreneurship

Mr Jahangir Wasim
Strategy, Enterprise and Innovation, Portsmouth University
April 15, 2016

Down's book cover all the basic topics related to Small Business and Entrepreneurship, considering not only the entrepreneur as a self-employed or COE but also as an employee who can provide added value to the company they work for.
It is a good supplement for those courses that focus on one aspect of the entreprenuership or enterprise, providing basic information to those students who are willing to learn beyond the established curriculum.

Dr Carla Quesada Pallares
Management Division, Leeds University
January 19, 2016

useful, relevant and good range of theory and practice covered.

Mrs Yasmin Dar
Economic Development , Positive Echo Ltd
April 13, 2015

This book contains a good balance of approaches to provide a rounded view of entrepreneurship. The philosophical debates balanced out the economic approach well. The case studies and activities provide some thoughtful ideas for seminars and dicussions.

Ms Catherine Groves
Liverpool Business School, Liverpool John Moores University
February 13, 2014

Using resource for additional study material and research. Strong case study support.

Mr William Coleman
Business Administration , Central Univ of Tech, Free State
November 19, 2012

I like this book and will use it as a personal reference text but I feel that it is too highly pitched for my students. It would be better suited to Level 7 students.

Mrs Susanne Currie
Business & General Education, North West Regional College
November 13, 2012

This is really good book that I would certainly consider aopting for bachelor level courses. Yet for master levels it is perhaps a little too "easy"

Mr Steffen Korsgaard
Management , Aarhus School of Business
June 22, 2012

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One

Chapter Two

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