Entrepreneurial Myths and Realities: Where Next for Entrepreneurship Research?
Francis Greene is Professor of Small Business and Entrepreneurship and head of the enterprise research cluster at Birmingham Business School. He has held previous appointments at Durham and Warwick University. His research and teaching interests cover the main aspects of small business and entrepreneurship. This covers business start up, growth, closure, entrepreneurial finance and enterprise policy. Since joining the Business School in 2012, Professor Greene has developed both practical and theoretical entrepreneurship teaching in the Business School and continued to work with research partners such as the OECD, banks in the UK, the Federation of Small Business. Internationally, he has been developing and writing papers with academic colleagues in Europe. Going forward, Professor Greene is enthused by the opportunities to work with colleagues to develop and embed entrepreneurship research and teaching in the University and to actively engage with small businesses and entrepreneurs in the region.
The aim of this lecture is to show how a developing academic understanding of entrepreneurship can actively shed new insights on entrepreneurial processes. Professor Greene takes some common entrepreneurial myths – such as entrepreneurs are born not made; entrepreneurs should just do it; or if you fail in business you should try again – and tests this against his and other researchers’ findings. What emerges is a evidence based research agenda that seeks to engage with people and businesses interested in better understanding entrepreneurship.
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