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Setting off on an entrepreneurial career often feels like venturing into wild and unfamiliar territory. Exploring Entrepreneurship 2nd Edition (2017) 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 particularly value in this book is the book’s discussion of pros 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 is 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 endeavour through action and reflection.”
Dr 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.”
Professor 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.”
Professor 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.”
Professor 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.”
Dr Xiaoyu(Allen) Yu
School of Management at Shanghai University

“This second edition of a valuable core text on entrepreneurship brings a welcome updating and fresh approach to the work. The scope of the book, covering the entrepreneurial process, creativity and innovation, and the business disciplines of marketing, finance, people and technology management and the range of business models and strategies, is comprehensive. The separation between practical and research-based perspectives works effectively. Each chapter in Part One is conceptually sound, with clear learning outcomes and well-framed questions. They are filled with a range of authentic, relevant and well-researched case studies. The quality and insight of these cases really helps the reader get ‘under the skin’ of the entrepreneurial business. Part Two explores the research dimensions of entrepreneurship and is more likely to appeal to the final year undergraduate or postgraduate student looking for deeper knowledge of different research perspectives and their interactions with both entrepreneurial and the learner’s experiences. Important economic, historical and political perspectives are addressed in an authoritative, yet accessible way, which also embeds international dimensions throughout. The final chapter addresses entrepreneurial learning, however the focus on learning is recursive throughout the book. Overall, this is a rare example of a very well researched, accessible and authoritative text which should appeal both to learners and to educators.”
Professor David Rae
Professor in Enterprise at De Montfort University, Leicester

“Exploring Entrepreneurship is a breakthrough textbook for students of entrepreneurship. No other textbook combines such a clear summary of the start-up process along with a comprehensive overview of the developing discipline of entrepreneurship studies.”
Professor Andrew Godley
Academic Director at the Henley Centre for Entrepreneurship, University of Reading.