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Setting off on an entrepreneurial career often feels like venturing into wild and unfamiliar territory. Exploring Entrepreneurship (2nd Ed) is your personal guide to the journey  – it helps you tackle key practical challenges and encourages a deeper appreciation of the people and places you encounter along the way.

Exploring Entrepreneurship examines the nature of entrepreneurial activity in the 21st century, and aims to help students develop the skills and knowledge required by commercial and social entrepreneurs. The book is divided into two distinct, but inter-related, parts that cover practical issues related to the creation of an entrepreneurial venture, together with reviews of related research evidence and more theoretical discussion about entrepreneurship. This enables students to understand the theoretical perspectives of entrepreneurship, and how these can be applied to practice. The text makes extensive use of up-to-date case studies and illustrative examples helps students easily contextualise theory, and see how it applies to practice.

Authored by Professor Richard Blundel (The Open University) and Professor Nigel Lockett (Lancaster University) and and Professor Catherine Wang (Brunel University London). Published by Sage Publishing.

“I am delighted with the way the book integrates practice and theory. As a serial entrepreneur and academic, I recognise the value which both bring to understanding enterprise.” Said Nigel. “I am particularly grateful to the entrepreneurs who agreed to be interviewed for the book and video cases. For me they bring it alive.”

Exploring Entrepreneurship offers a fresh and contemporary approach to this popular subject area, combining academic rigour and critical reflection with practical relevance. It is supported by an extensive Online Resource Centre.


“This is a great book, a book that I long have searched for and wanted for my students. What I particular value in this book is the books discussion of pro and cons, and how it allows the reader to evaluate their options. The book offers a nice and balanced introduction to the variety of ways one could engage in entrepreneurship, both in practice and as a learner. Part I takes a “how to do” approach aiding the reader from an idea search to an emerging new venture. Part II addresses the learners need for guidance. Through the tales of entrepreneurship scholars, cases, elaborations on research questions and methods, the learner are offered a way into exploring essential emerging issues in entrepreneurship research themselves. The format of the book allows me as a teacher in entrepreneurship subjects to assist the learning of my students by inviting them into the entrepreneurial universe by themselves taking part in their own entrepreneurial endeavor through action and reflection.”
Bjørn Willy Åmo
Associate professor at the Nord University Business School, Norway

“A detailed and contemporary text offering a coherent outline of key concepts and practices in the field of entrepreneurship.  This book explores a diverse range of issues relevant to all studying entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial behaviour; an excellent and comprehensive text.   It is to be recommended to all those engaged with teaching, debating and theorising entrepreneurship.”
Sue Marlow
Professor of Entrepreneurship at The University of Nottingham

“This book provides an insightful grounded perspective on the rapidly evolving subject of entrepreneurship. The combination of the practical and the academic gives it a distinctive position in the marketplace for student texts on the subject.”
David Storey
Professor of Enterprise at the University of Sussex

“This is a well written and accessible book on entrepreneurship which makes a welcome return in an improved second edition. Blundel, Lockett and Wang with their blend of practical coverage and perspectives on entrepreneurship make the subject come to life. This book will be invaluable to lecturers and students alike.”
Paul J A Robson
Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy at the University of London

“This is a great book which is easy to read for practitioners and offers a comprehensive insight for academic scholars and entrepreneurs.”
Xiaoyu (Allen) Yu
School of Management at Shanghai University