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The Entrepreneur

Book Description

This book presents the economic theories with regards to the entrepreneur of yesterday and those of more recent years, on which issue research has been developing exponentially since the last third of the 20th Century. Much of this book will be devoted to contemporary theories. This presentation of economic theories of the entrepreneur leads us to wonder about the structural development of the free enterprise system in the short and the long term. The proliferation of entrepreneurial initiatives leads in effect to a profound transformation of modes of production and work, for example under the current phenomenon of uberization economy.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Foreword
  5. Introduction
  6. 1 From Term to Concept: the Entrepreneur and his Economic Function
    1. 1.1. Etymological and conceptual bases of the entrepreneur
    2. 1.2. The gradual recognition of the role of entrepreneurship
    3. 1.3. From a society of salary-earners to one of entrepreneurs?
    4. 1.4. Current definitions of entrepreneurship, or the institutional recognition of the entrepreneur
    5. 1.5. The plural entrepreneur
  7. 2 Quantifying Entrepreneurship, Understanding the Entrepreneurial Role
    1. 2.1. Basic principles: the OECD’s model
    2. 2.2. The main entrepreneurship indicators
    3. 2.3. The European Union’s inclusive policy to promote entrepreneurship
    4. 2.4. Supporting entrepreneurship in developing countries: the ambitions of the United Nations (UN) and the United States
  8. 3 Classical Economics of the Entrepreneur
    1. 3.1. Richard Cantillon: an economic agent with uncertain income
    2. 3.2. Anne Robert Jacques Turgot: the “progress” of the capitalist entrepreneur
    3. 3.3. François Quesnay, the manufacturing and commercial entrepreneur belongs to the sterile class
    4. 3.4. Pietro Verri and Cesare Beccaria, the inspiration for Jean-Baptiste Say?
    5. 3.5. Adam Smith: sympathy for initiative, but distrust of project creators
    6. 3.6. Jean-Baptiste Say: intermediary between scholar and laborer
    7. 3.7. Karl Marx, entrepreneur or officer of capital
    8. 3.8. Jean-Gustave Courcelle Seneuil, economist-entrepreneur or entrepreneur-economist?
    9. 3.9. The marginalists’ faux pas or Léon Walras’s ghost entrepreneur or Léon Walras’s ghost entrepreneur
    10. 3.10. Alfred Marshall, division of industry into entrepreneurial and managerial businesses
    11. 3.11. Werner Sombart and Max Weber, the entrepreneur or the spirit of capitalism
    12. 3.12. Joseph A. Schumpeter: the entrepreneur’s “new combinations of production factors”
    13. 3.13. John Maynard Keynes: the animal spirit of the entrepreneur
    14. 3.14. From uncertainty to ignorance: Ludwig von Mises, Franck Knight and Friedrich Hayek
    15. 3.15. Creating or detecting opportunities?
  9. 4 Contemporary Theories of the Entrepreneur
    1. 4.1. From entrepreneur to industrial economy
    2. 4.2. Ronald Coase, or the entrepreneur on the frontier of industrial economics
    3. 4.3. William Baumol, the entrepreneur and the Prince of Denmark
    4. 4.4. Mark Casson: entrepreneurship – an alternative to employment?
    5. 4.5. Scott Shane or the genetic theory of the entrepreneur
    6. 4.6. Entrepreneur, innovation, territory and social networks
    7. 4.7. Mark Granovetter – from social integration to weighted networks
    8. 4.8. Towards an evolutionist theory of the entrepreneur, or the heterogeneity of entrepreneurship
  10. 5 Towards a Socioeconomics of the Entrepreneur: An Overview
    1. 5.1. The 13 keywords of the economics of the entrepreneur
    2. 5.2. On the entrepreneur’s personality: the player and the system
    3. 5.3. Resource potential and the social integration of the entrepreneur
    4. 5.4. Overall picture of the theory of the entrepreneur
  11. Conclusion
  12. Bibliography
  13. Index
  14. End User License Agreement