The Emergence of Entrepreneurship Policy, edited by David M. Hart of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, brings together a widely regarded group of contributors who examine the emerging field of entrepreneurship policy. Practical experience and academic research both point to the central role of entrepreneurs in the process of economic growth and to the importance of public policy in creating the conditions under which entrepreneurial companies can flourish.
The book reveals how government policy-makers, business associations and others can work together to help entrepreneurs start businesses that have the potential to grow rapidly and make major contributions to a vibrant economy. The authors contend that mutual education and careful attention to the design of new policies will help this alliance to grow stronger.
The contributors, notable for their works in economics, geography, history, law, management, and political science, seek to crystallize key findings and to stimulate debate about future opportunities for policy-makers and researchers in this area. The chapters include surveys of the economic, social, and cultural contexts for U.S. entrepreneurship policy; assessments of regional efforts to link knowledge producers to new enterprises; explorations of policies designed to foster entrepreneurship in under-represented communities; detailed analyses of three key industries (biotechnology, e-commerce, and telecommunications); and considerations of challenges in policy implementation.
The Kauffman Foundation supported the publication of the book in conjunction with the National Commission on Entrepreneurship. Cambridge University Press published The Emergence of Entrepreneurship Policy.