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The Determinants of Entrepreneurship

Leadership, Culture, Institutions

Perspectives in Economic and Social History: 7

Editors: José L García-Ruiz and Pier Angelo Toninelli

256pp: 234x156mm: 2010
HB 978 1 84893 071 1: £60/$99

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‘break[s] new ground ... by summarizing interim results from several new studies of historical entrepreneurship’

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Entrepreneurship is growing, both as a business phenomenon and as an area for study. This move into the mainstream coincides with an economic need to deal with high unemployment in the West, but is also the result of encouragement by political leaders on both sides of the spectrum as well as the increasingly high profile of a new breed of celebrity entrepreneurs, such as Oprah Winfrey and Richard Branson.

This study looks at entrepreneurial history from three angles: Entrepreneurial Typologies, examining which sorts of business enterprise are the most successful; Business Leaders, asking who the entrepreneurs are and where they come from; and Culture or Institutions?, considering what has the most effect on the abundance and quality of entrepreneurship in a given group. The scarcity of material on the history of entrepreneurship makes this collection of eight papers an invaluable resource and should encourage further analysis.

Part I: Entrepreneurial Typologies
1 Entrepreneurial Typologies in the History of Industrial Italy: Reconsiderations – Franco Amatori
2 Entrepreneurial Typologies in a Young Nation State: Evidence from the Founding Charters of Greek Société Anonymes, 1830–1909 – Ioanna Pelelasis Minoglou
Part II: The Business Leaders
3 Italian Entrepreneurship: Conjectures and Evidence from a Historical Perspective – Pier Angelo Toninelli & Micheangelo Vasta
4 Nature or Nurture? Factors of Entrepreneurship: a Comparative Approach – Gabriel Tortella, Gloria Quiroga & Ignacio Moral
5 Dynasties: A Relatively Neglected Determinant of Entrepreneurship – Paloma Fernández-Pérez & Núria Puig
Part III: Culture or Institutions?
6 Entrepreneurial Culture or Institutions? A Twentieth Century Resolution – James Foreman-Peck & Peng Zhou
7 Entrepreneurship and Cultural Values in Latin America, 1850–2000: From modernization and Dependency Theory toward a Business History Perspective – Carlos Dávila
8 Education and Entrepreneurship in 20th Century Spain: an Overview – José L García-Ruiz
  • ‘break[s] new ground ... by summarizing interim results from several new studies of historical entrepreneurship’

ISBNs: 9781848930711 978-1-84893-071-1 ISBNs: 9781848930728 978-1-84893-072-8 ISBNs: 9781781442159 978-1-78144-215-9

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