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Small Business and Entrepreneurship

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Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Robert A. Blackburn & Candida G. Brush

Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: January 15, 2013 | DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781446263433 | Print ISBN: 9781412934374 | Online ISBN: 9781446263433 | Publisher:SAGE Publications Ltd

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Editors' Introduction: Small Business and Entrepreneurship: Convergence or Divergence?


Dramatic growth in small business and entrepreneurship world wide has attracted significant scholarly, public policy and educational interest. Educational institutions are developing new curricula for students and stakeholders (eg. NGCE, 2007), government organizations are promoting and supporting entrepreneurship through policies and institutions (OECD, 1998; Commission of the European Communities 2004; 2005; SBA, 2007), and private sector businesses are connecting with new and small firms. Concurrently, support institutions such as banks, accountants and legal agencies are seeking to understand ‘the market’ and supply products and services on a commercial basis. Commensurate with this explosion of interest is an increased need for a knowledge base, founded on evidence and theorising. Reviewing developments in the field in the late twentieth century, Gartner described this as ‘bonanza time’ for researchers (2001: this Major Work Section 1). Growth in the field is manifested by the more than 50 journals (of which five are ISI rated) ...

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