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The Life Cycle of Entrepreneurial Ventures

  • Simon Parker

Part of the International Handbook Series on Entrepreneurship book series (IHSE, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Introduction

    1. Simon C. Parker
      Pages 1-11
  3. Beginnings

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Joachim Wagner
      Pages 15-37
  4. Aspects of Entry and New Venture Creation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-77
    2. Herbert J. Schuetze, Heather Antecol
      Pages 107-135
    3. David B. Audretsch, Erik Lehmann
      Pages 137-160
    4. Martin A. Carree
      Pages 161-183
  5. Financing Ventures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185
    2. Robert Cressy
      Pages 187-225
    3. Christian Keuschnigg, Søren Bo Nielsen
      Pages 227-257
    4. Colin M. Mason
      Pages 259-299
    5. João Pedro Azevedo
      Pages 301-334
  6. Venture Development I: Private Sector Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 335-335
    2. Simon C. Parker
      Pages 337-360
    3. Per Davidsson, Leona Achtenhagen, Lucia Naldi
      Pages 361-398
  7. Venture Development II: Social Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 399-399
    2. Helen Haugh
      Pages 401-436

About this book


The Life Cycle of Entrepreneurial Ventures discusses topical issues in entrepreneurship organized around the various stages of venture creation, development and performance. The book is arranged in several parts, dealing with the pre-start stage, followed by venture creation, financing ventures, venture development, and venture performance. Each part contains several chapters written by experts in the relevant field. Like its predecessors, there are contributions from several disciplines, including economics, strategy, business, industrial organization, economic geography, finance and sociology. The multi-disciplinary flavor of the book is complemented by its international evidence base, featuring results from a range of different countries. The volume will be essential reading for everyone interested in entrepreneurship because:

  • It contains digestible overviews of several topical issues in entrepreneurship, including nascent entrepreneurship; social (not-for-profit) entrepreneurship; formal, informal and developmental start-up capital; job creation; venture performance; and harvesting. This will help researchers and practitioners who want to cut through the information overload and distil the key points emerging from the latest academic thinking
  • It provides new results at the cutting edge of entrepreneurship research
  • It portrays entrepreneurship as a coherent entity by spanning the various stages of enterprise evolution


Entrepreneurs Entrepreneurship Industrial Organization business management organization performance strategy

Editors and affiliations

  • Simon Parker
    • 1
  1. 1.Durham Business SchoolDurham

About the editors

Professor Parker is Head of the Department of Economics & Finance at Durham University and Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship at Durham Business School. He is also a Research Professor of the Max Planck Institute of Economics, Jena Germany, and a Research Fellow at the IZA Institute for the Study of Labor, Bonn Germany. He has published over 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals in economics and entrepreneurship, and is the author of The Economics of Self-employment and Entrepreneurship (Cambridge University Press, 2004)

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