'This is a comprehensive and well researched treatment of the defining characteristics of the entrepreneur. Packed with real life stories of all types of entrepreneurs, it is an essential read for all those involved in nurturing entrepreneurial talent and supporting the new high potential businesses that are so critical for our future economic growth and prosperity.'
Dr. Pat Frain, Founding Director of NovaUCD, University College Dublin, Ireland
'This text creates and updates a vital link between the authors' earlier seminal works. It provides students with a critical framework for self-evaluation and comparison, clarifies the terminology and key issues, and links the important areas of advantage, opportunity and strategy.'
Mr. Barry Whitehouse, Senior Lecturer, Department of Marketing and Enterprise, University of Wolverhampton, UK
Praise for the previous edition:
'A consistent, comprehensive, well-researched book that is unique and original in its contribution to creating a thriving world of enterprise.'
Dr. Donald Clifton, late Chairman of Gallup International Research and Education Centre and a past Chairman of the Gallup Organization
About the Author
Bill Bolton is an international consultant in enterprise development and entrepreneurship. He has held a personal UNITWIN (UNESCO) Chair in Innovation and Technology Transfer. He was the Founding Director of the St John’s Innovation Centre in Cambridge and taught engineering at Cambridge University. Bill spent half his career in business and industry and half in academia. His other publications include: The University Handbook on Enterprise Development (1997) and jointly with John Thompson, The Entrepreneurs in Focus: Achieve Your Potential (2003).
John Thompson is Emeritus Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Huddersfield, UK and, part-time, Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at Anglia Ruskin University, UK. He has also held visiting appointments in Australia, Finland and New Zealand. John has published a number of titles, including the seventh edition of his textbook Strategic Management: Awareness and Change which is soon to be published and he has written a number of journal articles, especially on social entrepreneurship
Both Bill and John have been involved in business start-ups in many countries over a number of years and they have interviewed a diverse range of entrepreneurs.