Introduction to the 2nd Edition of the Handbook of Entrepreneurship Research

  • Zoltan J. Acs
  • David B. Audretsch
Part of the International Handbook Series on Entrepreneurship book series (IHSE, volume 5)


The role of entrepreneurship in society has changed dynamically. Immediately following World War II, entrepreneurship seemingly lost importance fading nearly completely away. In 1968, when J.J. Servan-Schreiber warned Europeans of the American Challenge, it was not from small entrepreneurial firms, but the polar opposite—from the “dynamism, organizational, innovation, and boldness that characterized the giant American corporations.” By then a generation of scholars had systematically documented and supported the conclusion of Joseph A. Schumpeter (1942, 106): “What we have got to accept is that the large-scale establishment or unit of control has come to be the most powerful engine of progress and in particular of the long-run expansion of output ….”


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Public PolicyGeorge Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA
  2. 2.School of Public and Environmental Affairs Indiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA

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