The Illusions of Entrepreneurship: The Costly Myths That Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Policy Makers Live By

The Illusions of Entrepreneurship: The Costly Myths That Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Policy Makers Live By

by Scott A. Shane
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0300158564

ISBN-13: 9780300158564

Pub. Date: 01/28/2010

Publisher: Yale University Press

There are far more entrepreneurs than most people realize. But the failure rate of new businesses is disappointingly high, and the economic impact of most of them disappointingly low, suggesting that enthusiastic would-be entrepreneurs and their investors all too often operate under a false set of assumptions.

This book shows that the reality of entrepreneurship

Overview

There are far more entrepreneurs than most people realize. But the failure rate of new businesses is disappointingly high, and the economic impact of most of them disappointingly low, suggesting that enthusiastic would-be entrepreneurs and their investors all too often operate under a false set of assumptions.

This book shows that the reality of entrepreneurship is decidedly different from the myths that have come to surround it. Scott Shane, a leading expert in entrepreneurial activity in the United States and other countries, draws on the data from extensive research to provide accurate, useful information about who becomes an entrepreneur and why, how businesses are started, which factors lead to success, and which predict a likely failure.

The Illusions of Entrepreneurship is an essential resource for everyone who has dreamed of starting a new business, for investors in start-ups, for policy makers attempting to facilitate the formation and survival of new businesses, and for researchers interested in the economic impact of entrepreneurial activity. Scott Shane offers research-based answers to these questions and many others:

·        Why do people start businesses?

·        What industries are popular for start-ups?

·        How many jobs do new businesses create?

·        How do entrepreneurs finance their start-ups?

·        What makes some locations and some countries more entrepreneurial than others?

·        What are the characteristics of the typical entrepreneur?

·        How well does the typical start-up perform?

·        What strategies contribute to the survival and profitability of new businesses over time?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300158564
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
610,661
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1 America: Land of Entrepreneurship in an Entrepreneurial Era? 9

2 What Are Today's Entrepreneurial Industries? 30

3 Who Becomes an Entrepreneur? 40

4 What Does the Typical Start-Up Look Like? 64

5 How Are New Businesses Financed? 79

6 How Well Does the Typical Entrepreneur Do? 97

7 What Makes Some Entrepreneurs More Successful Than Others? 111

8 Why Don't Women Start More Companies? 125

9 Why Is Black Entrepreneurship So Rare? 135

10 How Valuable Is the Average Start-Up? 146

Conclusion 160

Notes 167

Index 201

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