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Defining entrepreneur and enterprise has always given rise to diverse, often measleading interpretation. In the beginning was the corporation or the entrepreneur?
Are opportunities discovered or enacted?
Every entrepreneur embodies a mental dimension - which revolves around innovating -, an organizational dimension -which is about pressing ahead - and a relational dimension - with an emphasis on leadership traits.
It is safe to say that entrepreneurs act as a balance factor and a catalyst for economic activities.
The problem of self-referentiality appears particularly serious today because an effectively competitive advantage lies in the ability to change. Indeed, any development potential originating with the spread of "entrepreneurial talent" is starting to become increasingly evident.
DEFINITIONS AND ASSUMPTIONS
1. Introductory Notes
2. Entrepreneur and Enterprise
3. Definitions in the Margin of the Literature on Entrepreneurial Economics
4. The Italian Entrepreneur between Individualism and Creativity
ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND ENTERPRISE: A CRITICAL RELATIONSHIP
5. Determinants and the Entrepreneur - Enterprise Relationship Dynamics
6. The Lifecycle of the Entrepreneur-Enterprise Relationship
7. The Entrepreneur-Manager and the Manager-Entrepreneur
8. Business Incubators
9. The Private Equity Entrepreneur
10. Future Prospects for Entrepreneurs and Entrepreneurship
11. The Board of Directors as an Instrument for Family Business Entrepreneurs
bv Cristina Bettinelli
12. Social Entrepreneurship: Key Distinctive Features
by Barbara Del Bosco
13. Boards of Directors and Corporate Innovation
by Jonas Gabrielsson and Morten Huse
14. Creativity & Entrepreneurship
by Emilio Genovesi and Giovanni Lanzone
15. Entrepreneurship Policies: Principles, Problems, and Opportunities
by Charlie Karlsson and Martin Andersson
16. Entrepreneurship and the Invisible Hand
by Maria Minniti and Roger Koppl
17. Evolution of Business History Models from Chandler to the Present,
with an Application to the Italian Context by Vera Negri Zamagni
18. The Entrepreneurial Approach to Management
by Carlo Vallini
19. New Venture Strategies: Transforming Caterpillars into Butterflies
by Shaker A. Zahra
Giovanna Dossena is Professor of Economics and Business Management at the University of Bergamo. She is the Director of ELab -Center for Research on Entrepreneurship - active in the field of entrepreneurial training and research studies. ELab operates three divisions: Master’s programs (post-graduate education), business incubators (Bricks up), and Ocri - Company Crisis and Turnaround Research Center - a venture jointly run with Bocconi University’s Findustria center, with the aim of monitoring and studying business performance. She is also a member of the Kilometro Rosso Science & Technology Park's advisory board and the author of numerous studies and research projects concerning competition and competitive governance.
Special contributions by:
C. Bettinelli, B. Del Bosco, J. Gabrielsson, M. Huse, E. Genovesi, G. Lanzone,
C. Karlsson, M. Andersson, M. Minniti, R. Koppl, V. Negri Zamagni, C. Vallini, S. A. Zahra