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Entrepreneurial Management in Small Firms

Entrepreneurial Management in Small Firms

First Edition

November 2009 | 272 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Examining the crucial role of innovation and entrepreneurship in achieving growth and ongoing success in the small business sector, this book carefully examines the processes by which small businesses identify new opportunities, evolve appropriate marketing strategies, develop new products and services and successfully launch these into the market.


The text:

- Includes a dedicated chapter on social entrepreneurship and family firms

- Explores issues of Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility

- Packed with supporting "real world" case studies including Apple's iPod, Facebook, Starbucks and YouTube to illustrate how entrepreneurial firms succeed.

- Learning features including learning aims, summaries, points for discussion, and further reading.

- Companion website with instructors' manual and PowerPoint slides and access to full-text journal articles for students.

Opportunity Research
Growth, Chasms and Money
Market Assessment
Internal Capability
Strategy and Culture
Entrepreneurial Innovation
Entrepreneurial Promotion
Pricing and Distribution
Family and Social Entrepreneurship
21st Century Entrepreneurs

Recognizes that small businesses are not just "little big businesses", that they define a relatively unique management context … a useful tool for studying entrepreneurial management in small firms, packed with pertinent case studies
Professor Pauric McGowan
Director of the Northern Ireland Centre for Entrepreneurship (NICENT), University of Ulster

This textbook carefully examines how small businesses identify new entrepreneurial opportunities, undertake effective market research, develop new products and launch them into the market successfully with appropriate marketing strategies...Undoubtably the author has made an effort to arouse the entrepreneurial enthusiasm of business school students in their future careers. In addition they will be convinced that the abstract theoretical concpets in the book are actually adapted by different industrial sectors in the real worlds
Jinmin Wang
The International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Good table of contents and structure.

Professor Jeffrey Bowe
Ralph W Ketner Sch Of Business, Catawba College
December 2, 2014

The book does not using a context of asian/develop nation

Dr Mad Ithnin Salleh
Business and Economics, Sultan Idris Univ. of Educ.
September 19, 2014

This book works well as an overview of how popular business theories can be applied to SMEs. The prose style is rather wordy and is more suited to study at the postgraduate level. The case studies are too brief to really explore the concepts - fewer case studies, which are more thoroughly applied would have been helpful.

Mrs Udeni Salmon
Salford Business School, Salford University
March 31, 2014

Echoing the books early reviews, "this text recognises that small businesses are not just little big businesses" and in doing so, Chaston offers an excellent addition to any undergraduate or postgraduate entrepreneurship reading list.

The companion website is one of the most detailed and informative I have seen - with links to 'full-text SAGE journal articles' on a chapter by chapter basis.

Mr Chris Phelan
School of Sport, Tourism & The Outdoors, Central Lancashire University
July 20, 2012

Unlike the standard texts designed to help write a business plan, Chaston takes the critical perspective and analyses the realities of small business management. Through the use of short case studies and grounded writing Chaston delivers a practical text that offers both academic rigour and a strong business focus making it ideal for final year undergraduate, postgraduate and professional studies.

Mr Paul Matthews
Business Administration , University College Birmingham
April 25, 2012

Insightful text easy to understand for students with up-to-date examples.

Dr Stephen Malone
Business School, Staffordshire University
April 25, 2012

This is a well written book with many valuable insights. However, not enough of the text is relevant to the MBA participants (much really only applies to those working in a small business environment, which is the book's target market) to adopt the book as the core text. I will be recommending the book as a supplementary text and believe that it is a useful toolbox for small business managers.

Professor Pamela Scott
School of Management, Dublin Institute of Technology
September 29, 2011

The content of the course it was inteded to (Principles of Entrepreneurship) will remain the same.

Rainer Harms
N.I.K.O.S, Twente University
January 17, 2011

This is a useful text that touches upon many key issues around Small business management. Students have particularly found the case studies to be beneficial.

Mr Patrick Muigai
Schl of Tourism, Thames Valley University
December 9, 2010

Sample Materials & Chapters

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Chapter Two

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